The Susan Lake aggregate operation is located approximately 85 km north of Fort McMurray and is 5,880 acres (2,379.5 ha) in size. Approximately 103.8 million tonnes of sand and gravel have been removed from this pit since 1998. The majority of its sales were to neighbouring oil sands companies and supplying infrastructure aggregate to the Wood Buffalo Region.
The Corporation’s services include exploration, identification of sand and gravel, clearing, topsoil stripping, site preparation, road maintenance, allocation of pit areas to specific users, scaling of material and general administration of the pit. For these services, the Corporation receives a management fee for each tonne of aggregate material removed from the pit for the duration of the Susan Lake Contract.
The Susan Lake Management Renewal Contract expires November 30, 2017. The Corporation has been actively working on closure related activities and managing the Pit Users to conclude mining and crushing operations by the contract expiration date. A formal Closure Plan was submitted to Alberta Environment & Parks early November 2017 and is under review. Prior to submitting the Closure Plan a Request for Extension was submitted to Alberta Environment & Parks July 2017, which was updated September 2017, to request additional time to complete reclamation and closure activities up to September 30, 2018, which would include moving aggregate stock piles up to April 30th, 2018. The Request for Extension and Closure Plan remain under review by Alberta Environment & Parks and approval is pending.