Environmental groups hail oilsands judgment

EDMONTON – The joint panel that recommended the Imperial Oil Kearl oilsands project go-ahead must explain how intensity-based targets will control greenhouse gas emissions, a federal court judge has ordered.

The Kearl oilsands mine, to be located about 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, could produce up to 345,000 barrels of bitumen a day. The mine is expected to operate until 2060.

A coalition of environmental groups challenged the project in federal court in Edmonton earlier this year, saying the environmental assessment was inadequate on several fronts, including on the issue of greenhouse gas emissions.

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