Norman Wells Waste Management Facility


Latest Updates

  • October 3, 2022 – Commission cancels hearing following Imperial Oil’s withdrawl of its application [Filing C21162]
  • August 12, 2022 – Comment on the Commission's hearing steps and schedule [Filing C20517]
  • April 14, 2022 – CER releases Hearing Order for the Imperial Oil's Waste Management Facility [Filing C18525]
  • March 1, 2022 – Register to participate in the Norman Wells Waste Management Facility project hearing from March 1 – 21, 2022
  • March 1, 2022 – Notice of Hearing for the Norman Wells Waste Management Facility Project [Filing C17951]
  • September 30, 2021 – Imperial Oil files their application for the Waste Management Facility [Filing C15178]

Project Background

The Norman Wells Waste Management Facility project description, submitted by Imperial Oil Resources N.W.T. Ltd. (Imperial), proposes the construction, operation, and maintenance of a long-term waste management facility (WMF). The WMF will be used for the long term and secure containment of non-treatable soils and wastes generated by closure and reclamation activities on the Norman Wells Operations. Development of the WMF is required to support the progressive reclamation efforts that Imperial is currently undertaking and will continue to progress during the period leading up to closure.

Imperial currently holds a water license (S13L1-007) from the Sahtu Land and Water Board (SLWB) for the Norman Wells Operations and has applied to the SLWB for an amendment to S13L1-007 to include the construction and operation of the WMF. Both the SLWB and the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) have a requirement under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act to conduct a preliminary screening to determine whether the WMF might have a significant adverse impact on the environment or might be a cause of public concern.

The CER is also responsible for conducting Crown consultation for the anticipated application as per s. 10 (2) of the Canadian Energy Regulator Act (CERA).

Project Map

Norman Wells Waste Management Facility map

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Participant Funding

Indigenous peoples and organizations potentially affected in the project area can send an email to to request a grant to participate.

For more information about PFP and eligible costs go to the Participant Funding Program page or contact a PFP Coordinator at 1-800-899-1265.

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Tony Epp
Process Advisor

Canada Energy Regulator
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803

For media inquiries, please

Ruth Anne Beck
Communications Officer

Canada Energy Regulator
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-299-3302
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803

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