Call for Delegates: Tailings Management Framework Mine Financial Security Program Working Group

Position: 
ENGO Members (3)
Initiative: 
Tailings Management Framework Mine Financial Security Program Working Group
Application Deadline: 
24 Apr 2017

On March 13, 2015, the Government of Alberta released the Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands to enhance the management of fluid tailings in this region. The Framework provides direction to manage fluid tailings volumes during and after mine operation in order to manage and decrease liability and environmental risk resulting from the accumulation of fluid tailings on the landscape. The Framework can be found online.

Implementation of the Framework is currently underway, and a key priority project in this implementation process is the revision of the Mine Financial Security Program to meet the intent of the Framework. As a result, Alberta Environment and Parks is establishing a Tailings Management Framework Mine Financial Security Program Working Group.

Alberta Environment and Parks would like to invite three representatives from the ENGO community to actively participate in the working group.

Purpose and Tasks

The working group is intended to provide an opportunity to provide input and options for changes to the Mine Financial Security Program Standard and Guide to the Mine Financial Security Program to enable the Program to be used to manage exceedances of fluid tailings volume profile thresholds, as committed to in the Framework , for Alberta Environment and Parks to consider. The Working Group is intended to be a mechanism to gain input from the perspectives of various stakeholders on how this program could be used as an effective tool for supporting the management of fluid tailings at oil sands mining projects.

Additionally, working group members will be expected to:

  1. Be familiar with the Tailings Management Framework, the Mine Financial Security Program, and related policy;
  2. Work in collaboration with other working group members to provide advice or identify approaches/solutions;
  3. Provide input on project areas and support the project by sharing knowledge, interests and perspectives of their sector in the discussion, including identifying potential issues and barriers from their perspective that could impact implementation;
  4. Where appropriate, act as a conduit for information back to members of their sector, and confirm support as needed;
  5. Identify and provide access to relevant knowledge and resources to support the work of the Stakeholder Interest Group, when appropriate;
  6. Strive for consensus where possible and appropriate, and identify alternative perspectives for consideration where consensus has not been achieved; and
  7. Respect the confidentiality of contributions of all members.