Minister's Response

Date: December 12, 2019


Trace Water Solutions Ltd. is proposing to construct and operate an oilfield wastewater treatment facility, located near Woking in Birch Hill County, Alberta. As proposed, the Rycroft Alternative Water Hub Facility Project would be located 250 metres from the nearest watercourse, which feeds into Kakut Lake, which is located 1500 metres away from the proposed project.


Non-designated project


The Minister of Environment and Climate Change has considered the potential for the Project to cause adverse effects within federal jurisdiction, adverse direct or incidental effects, public concern related to these effects, as well as adverse impacts on the Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. The Minister also considered the analysis of the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada.

The Minister has reached the decision that the designation of the Project is unwarranted for the following reasons:

  • the environmental assessment and regulatory review processes that currently apply to the Project and related consultations with Indigenous Peoples provide a robust framework to address the potential adverse aforementioned effects and concerns raised by Indigenous Peoples and members of the public. This includes the provincial regulatory processes led by Alberta Energy Regulator; and
  • the Project must comply with relevant provisions of federal legislation, including the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Species at Risk Act and the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994.

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