CEMA's role in this oil sands region is to produce recommendations and management frameworks pertaining to the cumulative impact of oil sands development in North-Eastern Alberta. Once completed, they are forwarded to the Provincial and Federal government regulators.
CEMA has been delivering management frameworks, guidelines and recommendations to its stakeholders for nearly a decade and a half. To measure the association’s effectiveness and impact, staff periodically conduct an audit with members, stakeholders and regulators on how those documents are used. The results confirm CEMA’s influential role in the management of the cumulative environmental impact of industrial development in the Lower Athabasca area.
CEMA recommendations have been implemented by the Government of Alberta in a number of ways:
- They are referenced in Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act approvals for operators to use as guidance documents when developing reclamation and closure plans;
- Operators apply them in the development of Environmental Impact Assessments;
- Environmental monitoring and research programs have evolved as recommended by CEMA documents; and
- They are published by government as guidance documents.
CEMA’s Working Groups will continue delivering key information to form recommendations, guidance documents and frameworks to members, stakeholders and regulators
CEMA’s recommendations illustrate what can be accomplished when stakeholders with diverse perspectives are willing to embrace strategies that accommodate the ecological, social and economic dimensions of development including oil sands.
CEMA’s sector balanced Board of Directors approved two projects as recommendations to the Government of Alberta in 2014. They were The Stony Mountain 800 Linear Footprint and Access Management Summary: A Multi-Stakeholder Planning Pilot Project and the Water Management Framework.
That water framework, for example, helped form the basis of the G0A’s Surface Water Quantity Management Framework for the Lower Athabasca River announced by Environment and Sustainable Resource Minister Kyle Fawcett on March 3, 2015.
Review the Management Frameworks in detail from the list on the left.