June 2012

Message from the Executive Director


It continues being a full plate for NCIA and industry. The last couple of months have included the anticipated completion of the Capital Region Air Quality Management Framework. And we have had member companies busily in Turnarounds (Dow and Shell), both now completed.


Our annual member appreciation luncheon was held on June 14 and was enjoyed by all who attended. As I emphasize each year, without all of the sweat equity hours that our member companies contribute to NCIA each year, we – as an organization – would not be able to accomplish all that we do. Thank you!


A bit of a re-introduction, I also met with the Editor of Fort Record this month to provide comprehensive context to the roles and responsibilities of the various regional organizations. This effort stemmed from articles printed in May that included incorrect information. It was a good and productive meeting and we’re hopeful that future  articles involving industrial development are printed that they will be accurate.


As we head into summer, we expect that our plate will continue being full. For example, it is now expected that final approval by the ERCB for the Regional Noise Management Plan (RNMP) will not be until August. We’re also watching in anticipation as the two governmental departments of Alberta Environment and Alberta Sustainable Resource Development undergo their amalgamation and organizational restructuring and seeing how this restructuring will affect the various files that NCIA is involved with.


Stay tuned for more in August!




Capital Region Air Quality Management Framework now released


Since 2007, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD) has been working collaboratively with stakeholders to develop cumulative effects management frameworks that address intensifying pressures of population growth and economic and industrial development. The frameworks set down strategies for managing growth pressures on air, land and water over the coming decades.


In 2010, AESRD called upon stakeholders to develop an ambient air quality management framework for the capital region. The capital region is defined by the boundary of the Capital Region Board including Elk Island National Park. The region includes 25 municipalities and has a strong industrial base including refining, chemical manufacturing and electric power generation, and is a potential area of growth for bitumen upgrading. The actions of individuals including the driving of cars, trucks, home heating and activities in urban centers also have a significant impact on ambient air quality. These activities generate four main air contaminants of concern: nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, fine particulate matter and ozone. Increases in air pollution can lead to increases in negative health effects.


To bring together expertise and knowledge of the unique air quality pressures, conditions and requirements of the capital region, a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee was created. This committee included municipalities, industry, non-governmental organizations, airsheds and federal and provincial governments.


Now completed, the Capital Region Air Quality Management Framework describes a shared vision of ambient air quality management in the capital region, available here.


JJune 28 Announcement: Talisman Energy Exits Sasol Canada Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) Project

One June 28, Talisman Energy announced the decision not to proceed into the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) phase of the Sasol Canada Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) project in Alberta.  Although Sasol is disappointed with the decision made by Talisman, Sasol is still committed to continue with its assessment of the feasibility of a Canada GTL project. The decision whether or not to proceed to the next phase of the project (Front End Engineering and Design) will be made by the Sasol Limited Board of Directors by the end of 2012.


Sasol’s strategic context for the consideration of GTL projects  differs from Talisman’s strategic context. The commercialization of GTL technology remains a core strategic driver of Sasol and the company sees strong opportunities to bring this technology to Canada to add value to the country’s abundant natural gas supply.


Please find the website link to Talisman’s news release for further context.  



"Today in America" featuring Fort Saskatchewan


The City of Fort Saskatchewan has been selected by the international show “Today in America with Terry Bradshaw” to be featured in an upcoming episode. They were in Fort Saskatchewan to shoot on June 9 and interviews were conducted with representatives from the City of Fort Saskatchewan as well as industry. The show features different cities around North America – to market them as desirable places for businesses to invest and set up shop.


Air date is not known at this time. Stay tuned for more information!


About “Today in America with Terry Bradshaw”

Today in America blends business news stories, lifestyle features and in-depth interviews with doctors, scientists, inventors, business owners, philanthropists and newsmakers from a variety of industries. Today in America is the first show of its genre hosted by Terry Bradshaw covering the best new practices and the overall evolution of up-and- coming industries. The show is filmed on-location in cities around the world. Along with host Terry Bradshaw, Today in America combines a team of talented producers, writers, editors and broadcast professionals to deliver educational programming that is unparalleled in the industry. Today in America airs during the day on a variety of well-known news networks throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more about the show, please click here.

Heartland 101: Emergency Response Training in the Heartland


Effective emergency response in industrial regions like Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is extremely important. Industry and the local community rely on emergency responders to be prepared and capable to perform their duties in a variety of scenarios.

Effective emergency response is a result of countless hours of preparation. Planning, training, testing, improving, and testing again help build a comprehensive plan that maximizes response capability and minimizes impact to people, property, and the environment.

In Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, Northeast Region CAER is the organization responsible for coordinating responders from industries, the municipalities, and government agencies. Their mutual aid emergency response plan helps ensure quality emergency response in the region.

Part of the region’s emergency response plan is a detailed training component. Emergency response exercises are conducted on a regular basis to uncover areas for improvement before an actual emergency.

Training exercises in the Heartland occur within individual agencies such as a municipal fire department or an industrial company’s emergency response unit. They also occur as a group, in which multiple agencies are brought together and equipment and resources are mobilized as they would be in a real emergency situation. A scenario is developed and inputs, such as power outage or fire, are added at certain times to escalate an event. The objective is to test the emergency response plan until it breaks, which creates opportunities for improvements. Training exercises are followed by an extensive debrief session to evaluate and enhance future performance.

Emergency response training in the Heartland has been ongoing for years and included a variety of scenarios – ice storm with power and phone outage, explosion with airborne release of a hazardous substance, mass-casualty traffic incidents involving hazardous substance (tanker truck roll over), rail car derailment with hazardous substance release, pipeline breach from third party excavation, and security threat.

These scenarios not only hone the responders’ skills and capabilities, but they also strengthen relationships among responders. Knowing one another before an incident and regularly sharing best practices enhances the entire emergency response network in the Heartland.


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