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Imperial Oil wins water permit for oil sands mine

Imperial Oil wins water permit for oil sands mine

The Canadian government has reinstated a water permit to Imperial Oil Ltd. to build a C$8 billion (US$7.9 billion) oil sands mine in Northern Alberta.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans reinstated the key permit late yesterday, four months after the department had it revoked because of an incomplete environmental review of Imperial's Kearl oil sands project.
Canada's federal Cabinet reinstated the water permit based on an updated environmental review from a joint panel that was organized last month. In a statement yesterday, the government said the federal cabinet concluded the project's greenhouse gas emissions would not pose a significant adverse environmental effect.
The C$8-billion project near Fort McMurray, Alberta, has been the subject of a heated legal battle over the past few months with environmental groups saying the project will destroy huge tracts of forest in Alberta's northern regions.


Updated : 2021-07-30 10:16 GMT+08:00