News Release 2010-09-22


News Release 2010-09-22

News Release 2010-09-22 (NR2010-15)

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Joint panel reconvenes hearing after Mikisew Cree First Nation withdraws objection and constitutional questions

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Calgary, Alberta (Sep 22, 2010)… The joint federal/provincial panel established to review Total’s Joslyn North Mine Project has determined that it will reconvene the public hearing of the application in Fort McMurray on Sept. 28, 2010, after the Mikisew Cree First Nation (MCFN) withdrew its objections to the application as well as its constitutional law questions.

The hearing commenced on September 21, 2010.That afternoon, the panel temporarily adjourned the proceeding, primarily to consider the MCFN's constitutional law questions. With the withdrawal of MCFN's constitutional law questions, the joint panel no longer needs to consider that matter. Further, a ruling on one other preliminary matter is no longer needed in light of the withdrawal of the objection by the MCFN.

The joint review panel has rejected a motion by the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition for an adjournment of the hearing but has required Total to provide certain related cumulative effects information by September 24, 2010. Total had stated it would address these matters during the hearing.

On the opening day of the hearing, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Fort McKay First Nation also withdrew their objections to the application.

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