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Oil Sands Research and Information Network (OSRIN)

The Oil Sands Research and Information Network (OSRIN) is a university-based, independent organization that compiles, interprets and analyses available knowledge about returning landscapes and water impacted by oil sands mining to a natural state and gets that knowledge into the hands of those who can use it to drive breakthrough improvements in reclamation regulations and practices. OSRIN is a project of the University of Alberta’s School of Energy and the Environment (SEE). OSRIN was launched with a start-up grant of $4.5 million from Alberta Environment and a $250,000 grant from the Canada School of Energy and Environment Ltd.
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  1. Other Technical Reports

    Title: Other Technical Reports
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: The Oil Sands Research and Information Network is pleased to act as the distribution centre for oil sands environmental research and policy reports prepared by other organizations. Providing public access to these important documents allows greater awareness of the scientific and policy work supporting oil sands development and management.
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  2. Government of Alberta Reports

    Title: Government of Alberta Reports
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: In addition to the RRTAC and AOSERP reports housed elsewhere in this ERA Community, the Government of Alberta, and in particular Alberta Environment, also published reports on oil sands reclamation and environmental management. These reports were prepared by a number of organizational units over the years, including the Land Conservation and Reclamation Council and the Research Management Division. TAKE NOTE: These reports are provided to give context and historical information. As they are old they may contain references to out-of-date legislation and policies. Readers should be cautious when using these materials and always refer to current legislation and policies.
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  3. OSRIN Videos

    Title: OSRIN Videos
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: OSRIN publishes videos based on the results of research work – listed in the format OSRIN Video No. V-x.
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  4. AOSERP Reports

    Title: AOSERP Reports
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: The Alberta Oil Sands Environmental Research Program (AOSERP) ran from 1975 to 1985 and carried out surveys and research aimed at identifying the potential long-term impacts of oil sands development. The program focused on land, water, air and human systems and produced numerous reports. The program was managed by Alberta Environment.To view a list of available reports, please visit:  http://www.osrin.ualberta.ca/Resources/DigitizedReports.aspx
    TAKE NOTE: These reports are provided to give context and historical information. As they are old they may contain references to out-of-date legislation and policies. Readers should be cautious when using these materials and always refer to current legislation and policies.
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  5. Revegetation Species Profiles

    Title: Revegetation Species Profiles
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: Oil sands reclamation guidance documents prepared by the Cumulative Environmental Management Association and endorsed by the provincial government include lists of potential reclamation species. Ninety-eight reclamation species profiles have been prepared for inclusion in an OSRIN report. The individual profiles are provided here, and will be updated periodically as new information is obtained. Although the original objective for the profiles was to inform decisions made by reclamation planners and practitioners in the oil sands and to promote the inclusion of these species in revegetation, the information has a much wider audience appeal. Professionals in other industries as well as provincial, municipal and federal government agencies, nursery producers, aboriginal groups, researchers, archeologists, cultural anthropologists and ethno-botanists, wildlife biologists, foresters, range managers, horticulturalists, naturalists and the general public continue to seek species information. OSRIN is grateful to the Canadian Oil Sands Network for Research and Development (CONRAD) Environment and Reclamation Research Group (ERRG), the individual oil sands companies and Alberta Environment, Oil Sands and Clean Energy Branch who provided initial funding for Wild Rose Consulting Inc. to undertake the work to prepare the species profiles and who provided permission to use the information in this report. The companies who provided funding and permission to use the materials are listed in each species profile.
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  6. RRTAC Reports

    Title: RRTAC Reports
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: The Reclamation Research Technical Advisory Committee (RRTAC) was established in 1978 to manage the Alberta Government’s reclamation research program, funded through the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund’s Land Reclamation Program. The research program focused initially on plains coal mining, then expanded to include mountain and foothills coal mining, oil sands mining and oil and gas. The program ran from 1978 to 1994 and produced numerous research reports. OSRIN has digitized 37 of the RRTAC reports including: · all of the reports prepared under RRTAC’s Oil Sands Reclamation Research Program; · a number of reports of general interest (e.g., salinity, topsoil storage, plant suitability); and · reports from the other research program areas that address oil sands issues (Plains Coal – salinity, groundwater, soil characterization; Mountains and Foothills – wildlife habitat, tree growth, erosion). TAKE NOTE: These reports are provided to give context and historical information. As they are old they may contain references to out-of-date legislation and policies. Readers should be cautious when using these materials and always refer to current legislation and policies.
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  7. Environmental Impact Assessment Reports

    Title: Environmental Impact Assessment Reports
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: Environmental Impact Assessment reports for large industrial disturbances such as oil sands mines and processing plants have been required under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (and predecessor legislation) since 1973. Reports submitted since 2001 in digital format are available at https://external.sp.environment.gov.ab.ca/DocArc/EIA/Pages/default.aspx. This Collection contains earlier oil sands mine and plant site Environmental Impact Assessment reports. OSRIN appreciates the efforts of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and Alberta Government Library staff in providing the materials to be digitized.
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  8. OSRIN Staff Reports

    Title: OSRIN Staff Reports
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: OSRIN publishes results of the work that it performs on its own as Staff Reports – listed in the format OSRIN Report No. SR-x.
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  9. OSRIN Technical Reports

    Title: OSRIN Technical Reports
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: OSRIN publishes results of the work it funds as Technical Reports – listed in the format OSRIN Report No. TR-x).
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  10. Syncrude Canada Ltd. Reports

    Title: Syncrude Canada Ltd. Reports
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: From the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, Syncrude Canada Ltd. produced a series of research reports related to development of their Mildred Lake oil sands mine and plant. The reports were produced in two forms: an Environmental Research Monographs series and a Professional Papers series. In the Environmental Research Monographs the company provided the following guidance in making the information available: Syncrude's Environmental Research Monographs are published verbatim from the final reports of professional environmental consultants. Only proprietary technical or budget-related information is withheld. Because Syncrude does not necessarily base decisions on just one consultant's opinion, recommendations found in the text should not be construed as commitments to action by Syncrude. Syncrude Canada Ltd. welcomes public and scientific interest in its environmental activities. Syncrude Canada Ltd. has graciously agreed to allow OSRIN to digitize these reports and make them accessible.
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