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Province developing a plan to coordinate oil sands development


Mineable Oil Sands Strategy will lay framework for oil sands recovery and ensuring environmental protection

Edmonton... The Alberta government is developing a plan that will help the way oil sands mining and environmental protection is managed over the long-term in northeastern Alberta.

As a part of the work being completed by Alberta’s Oil Sands Ministerial Strategy Committee, the Mineable Oil Sands Strategy (MOSS) will enhance the coordinated regulatory, development and reclamation approach to all mining projects in the oil sands region.

“The proposed MOSS will provide regulators, industry, and the public with a clearer understanding of how development and land reclamation will be managed in the mineable development zone, said Energy Minister Greg Melchin, chair of the Oil Sands Ministerial Strategy Committee. ”We are developing a strategy that will help coordinate development in this area"

“Albertans support a balance between economic development and protection of the environment,” said Environment Minister Guy Boutilier. “The environment is our Mother ship, and it is important that we focus on sustainable development that preserves the natural resources and beauty of our province.”

The government is inviting stakeholders to comment on the proposed strategy and the draft Fort McMurray Mineable Oil Sands Integrated Resource Management Plan. Workshops will be held in Fort McMurray in January 2006.

Government will also implement a consultation process with the five Athabasca Tribal Council First Nations.

“We want to hear from Albertans,” said Sustainable Resource Development Minister David Coutts. “With the continuing pressures, we want a sustainable and balanced long-term vision that ensures the efficient use of the land now and coordinates reclamation for the future.”

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