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Hatfield Conducts the Aquatics Monitoring Program for the No Net Loss Lake for the Fort Hills Oils Sands Mine

May 15, 2015

Hatfield was awarded a three-year contract with Suncor Energy Operating Inc. to conduct aquatic monitoring of a new compensation lake, referred to as the No Net Loss Lake, for their Fort Hills Oil Sands Mine. The mine is located 90 km north of Fort McMurray, Alberta on the east side of the Athabasca River and is scheduled to produce first oil in 2017.

Hatfield will be managing a comprehensive aquatic monitoring program for the No Net Loss Lake and its inlet and outlet channels. Annual monitoring activities will include fish population assessments, fish tissue surveys and assessing fish habitat conditions by evaluating seasonal water quality and quantity, sediment quality, and supporting trophic levels such as vegetation, plankton, and benthic invertebrate communities.

Data collected will be used to assess the rate of colonization and community structure of benthic invertebrates, fish, and aquatic and riparian vegetation, and to assess the physical and chemical properties of the lake to ensure the lake progresses towards an ecologically self-sustaining system. Monitoring will also confirm whether the amount of fish habitat and resulting fish production adequately compensates and meets offset requirements as per the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Authorization for the Fort Hills mine development.

Hatfield has been working with Suncor on both regional and site-specific environmental projects since 2003.

Dr. Wade Gibbons

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