A new advisory committee will review and will make recommendations to the Alberta, Canada government on the current and future transportation needs of the Athabasca oil sands region. The committee of municipal, industry and provincial representatives will take into account the region’s economic and infrastructure needs and the importance of the oil sands to the province’s economy.
The Athabasca Oil Sands Area Transportation Coordinating Committee will include representatives from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo; the Oil Sands Developers Group; the Alberta Economic Development Authority; the Fort McMurray Airport Authority; the Northern Alberta Development Council; Cindy Ady, MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta) for Calgary-Shaw; and the Alberta government.
The committee will meet a minimum of four times a year and will provide strategic advice and recommendations on transportation planning, design, funding, construction, operations and maintenance; including all classes of roads, transit, rail, and air traffic within the Athabasca oil sands area.
The committee will provide strategic advice and recommendations to the Minister of Infrastructure and the Minister of Transportation, the Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Oil Sands Developers Group.
This committee is part of “Responsible Actions”, Alberta’s 20-year strategic plan for the oil sands, which includes efforts to support further planning and development of communities in the oil sands regions.