Project Summary

In winter 2010, Athabasca Oil Corporation began the regulatory approval process for the Hangingstone in situ oil sands development. The initial phase was permitted and constructed from 2011 to 2014. Production began in early 2015. The approval process for expansion phases is nearing completion.

Our Role

Matrix was retained to support regulatory permitting. We completed environmental planning, assessment, permitting, and monitoring, including supporting consultation with provincial and federal regulators, Indigenous communities, and local stakeholders; developing a long-term water management strategy; completing onsite environmental monitoring during construction; and developing and executing ongoing integrated ecological monitoring programs to maintain regulatory compliance.


The proposed regulatory schedule for the initial phase was aggressive. As well, there were limited water source alternatives in the area that could support Athabasca’s long-term development plan.


We leveraged our execution experience and relationships with regulators to prepare a streamlined application that kept the project on schedule. Our water strategy assured regulators and stakeholders that Athabasca was able to manage potential environmental effects.

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