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Wednesday , 23 June 2021

Elizabeth Metis says they withdrew AER appeal on Cold Lake expansion after reaching an agreement

Elizabeth Metis Settlement gave a brief statement saying why they withdrew their appeal to the Alberta Energy Regulator on Imperial Oil’s Cold Lake Expansion project.

“Elizabeth Metis Settlement and Imperial have concluded an Agreement, under which the parties have agreed to a process to address any project-related concerns,” said EMS chairperson Irene Zimmer in an emailed statement.

“This agreement has addressed the Elizabeth Metis Settlements concerns as identified under Section 35 of the Constitution.

“In doing so, Elizabeth Metis Settlement has withdrawn its appeals, and wishes to thank our neighbours for their support including, Fishing Lake Metis Settlement, Kehewin Cree Nation and Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement.”

The AER announced on their website on Aug. 26 that the appeal hearing was cancelled.

Imperial Oil said last week they continue to evaluate their plans for the Cold Lake Expansion project and have not made a final decision on investment.

The project was billed as a $2-billion investment to expand operations in Imperial Oil’s Cold Lake site located 23 kilometres from the city.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.