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April 12, 2004
Ottawa accepts joint EA panel recommendations for Horizon project
OTTAWA, ONT-The federal government has accepted the recommendations of the Joint Environmental Assessment Panel report for the Horizon Oil Sands Mine project, proposed for development in the oil sands area about 70 km north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The panel concluded that the project is unlikely to result in significant negative environmental effects, provided that the appropriate measures proposed by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNRL) and the panel's recommendations are implemented. The project was approved by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (AEUB), with certain conditions, under its provincial legislation. The federal government can now proceed with federal regulatory approval required for the Horizon project, which consists of an oil sands mine, a bitumen extraction plant, a bitumen upgrader and ancillary facilities. The two levels of government will continue to work together to ensure that appropriate measures are in place and that CNRL will follow through with the commitments made during the environmental assessment review.