The Federal Environment Minister issued a Decision Statement – the first made under the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) – on the proposed Jackpine Mine Expansion Project on December 6, 2013. Although a federal-provincial Review Panel determined that the proposed Jackpine Mine Expansion Project is likely to cause significant environmental effects, the federal government has concluded that those effects would be justified. The project can proceed in accordance with certain conditions set out in the Decision Statement issued by the federal Environment Minister.
Shell Canada Ltd. is proposing to expand the Jackpine Mine to increase bitumen production by 100,000 barrels per day. The expansion will include additional mining areas and associated processing facilities, utilities and infrastructure. The project is located about 70 km north of Fort McMurray on the east side of the Athabasca River.
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