The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is inviting public comment on the proposed Frontier oilsands mine project in northern Alberta.

The agency, which was until recently called the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, says the public and Indigenous groups can comment on potential environmental assessment conditions for the project until Nov. 24.

The $20.6-billion mine proposed by Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. for a site 110 kilometres north of Fort McMurray would be built in two phases with ultimate production capacity of about 260,000 barrels per day of bitumen.

In July, a federal-provincial panel ruled that the project near Wood Buffalo National Park was in the public interest, even though it could significantly harm the environment and Indigenous people.

The panel's report included recommended conditions for Teck and the federal and provincial governments including mitigating harm to wildlife, monitoring pollutants and taking feedback from nearby First Nations into account.

Following the public comment period, the minister of Environment and Climate Change is to consider comments received as well as the panel report in order to make an environmental assessment decision for the project.

The federal cabinet has until the end of February to make its decision on the project itself.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 25, 2019.

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DATELINE: THURSDAY Oct 24
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DATELINE: FRIDAY Oct 25
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DATELINE: FRIDAY Oct 25
A "comment period" opens for the $20.6-billion Frontier tarsands project, asking the public and Indigenous groups to critique the potential environmental assessment conditions that will come into play should Catherine McKenna approve the project. It's already understood that the project would significantly harm the environment and Indigenous peoples, which is what gives rise to these conditions. The conditions allow, not least, a "limit" of 4,082,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. Last month the Climate Action Tracker said that Canada's Paris target, 7-14% below 1990 by 2030, would not be met and that emissions are projected to be between 5-27% above 1990 levels. This does not take into account emissions from the Frontier mine, which is scheduled to operate for 41 years.
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Here's the National Observer announcing the comment period, which closes Nov 24: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/10/27/news/comment-period-opens-20...

Here's "10 things you need to know about the massive new oilsands mine that just got a green light" at The Narwhal: https://thenarwhal.ca/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-massive-new-o...

Here are the potential conditions we've been asked to comment on: https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/documents/p65505/132957E.pdf

Here's a description of Frontier, and a link for submitting comments: https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/proj/65505?culture=en-CA

Here's the Climate Action Tracker: https://climateactiontracker.org/countries/canada/

Here's a brief outline of Teck's environmental record: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teck_Resources#Environmental_record