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OSRIN Staff Reports

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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  1. OSRIN Annual Report: 2012/13 [Download]

    Title: OSRIN Annual Report: 2012/13
    Creator: OSRIN
    Description: This report describes Oil Sands Research and Information Network (OSRIN) activities and accomplishments for the fiscal year (FY) April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.
    Subjects: Tarsands, Oil Sands, Tar Sands, Social, Regulatory, OSRIN, SR-9, Reclamation, Alberta, Research, Annual Report, Economic, Tailings, Monitoring, Oilsands
    Date Created: 2013/04/19
  2. Glossary of Terms and Acronyms used in Oil Sands Mining, Processing and Environmental Management - December 2014 Update [Download]

    Title: Glossary of Terms and Acronyms used in Oil Sands Mining, Processing and Environmental Management - December 2014 Update
    Creator: OSRIN
    Description: Glossaries help provide a common understanding of the language and acronyms used in various specialized fields such as oil sands mining, processing and environmental management. This broad subject area is comprised of many different technical fields, each of which has its own language. There are many Glossaries available in print or on the web, however these often relate only to one technical field or one stakeholder’s interests. Therefore OSRIN felt it was valuable to prepare this Glossary as a single reference source. The Glossary focuses initially on reclamation terms. Some general remediation terms are provided; for a more comprehensive listing of remediation and related risk-management terminology see Powter (2002). This will be a living document – updated as necessary to expand coverage in processing and environmental management and as new terms or acronyms come to light.
    Subjects: Environment, Oilsands, OSRIN, Tailings, Environmental Management, Oil Sands, Tarsands, SR-1, Processing, Alberta, Glossary, Tar Sands, Mining
    Date Created: 2012/07/17
  3. Media Coverage of Oil Sands Pipelines: A Chronological Record of Headlines from 2010 to 2014 [Download]

    Title: Media Coverage of Oil Sands Pipelines: A Chronological Record of Headlines from 2010 to 2014
    Creator: OSRIN
    Description: Until recently pipelines have not received much public or media attention. The lines, and the companies that operated them, flew under the radar. Their journeys through the regulatory system were usually simple, quick and free of rancor. This is certainly no longer the case. Applications for pipeline projects like Enbridge’s Northern Gateway to the west coast or TransCanada’s Keystone XL to the US Gulf coast have become lightning rods for public and media attention. Even possible projects that have not yet been applied for, such as the potential reversal of the Portland Montreal line, have triggered passionate debate. The situation was not helped by the high profile spill from an Enbridge pipeline into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, and subsequent suggestions that oil sands are more corrosive than “regular” oil. In addition to triggering media and public attention, the Northern Gateway and Keystone have resulted in frictions among jurisdictions (Alberta and BC and Canada and the US, respectively). As pipeline approvals slowed to a crawl amidst increasing oil sands production companies began to look for alternative methods to get product to market. Articles on the potential for rail shipments, and subsequent reports on the increasing use of rail, started to show up. However, this alternative was not without controversy as a series of high profile rail accidents showed. Shipping also received attention, both in relation to offshore transport from pipeline terminals such as Northern Gateway and TransMountain, but also concerns that bitumen may be shipped on the Great Lakes. It would be a good thing if all of this attention served to create and nurture a forum for civil discourse that would advance the public’s understanding of the role of pipelines in our daily lives and allow them to be better informed participants in the regulatory process. However the nature and tone of the dialogue has not served us well – instead it has resulted in divisions, protests and civil disobedience. This report provides a chronological record of media headlines related to a variety of pipelines and pipeline proposals in Canada and the United States from April 2010 to December 19, 2014. The headlines were retrieved from OSRIN’s What’s New series ( http://www.osrin.ualberta.ca/Resources/WhatsNew.aspx
    – our daily news feed) and from the OSRIN Videos collection ( http://www.osrin.ualberta.ca/Resources/Videos.aspx
    ). This is certainly not intended to be a full record of all media headlines on the subject – we attempted to provide a range of views from a variety of different sources in keeping with our mandate to provide a balanced view of oil sands development.
    Subjects: TransCanada, Oilsands, Pipelines, Alberta, TransMountain, Railways, Northern Gateway, Keystone, Tar Sands, Media, Line 9B, SR-12, OSRIN, Portland Montreal, Tarsands, Enbridge, Oil Sands
    Date Created: 2014/12/21
  4. Summary of OSRIN Projects - December 2014 Update [Download]

    Title: Summary of OSRIN Projects - December 2014 Update
    Creator: OSRIN
    Description: The Oil Sands Research and Information Network (OSRIN) has identified six program areas in which it is funding work. Within each program area, we have launched projects to scope out the state of knowledge, identify knowledge gaps, and provide insights regarding R&D priorities. • Tailings Reclamation Program • Regional Landscape Reclamation Program • Monitoring of Ecosystem Impacts Program • Increasing Awareness • Social, Economic and Regulatory • Strategic Design This report provides a list of active and completed projects under each of these program areas.
    Subjects: Oilsands, Monitoring, Oil Sands, Regulatory, OSRIN, Alberta, Reclamation, Research, Tailings, Tarsands, Social, Economic, Tar Sands, SR-5
    Date Created: 2011/05/17
  5. The OSRIN Story: Five Years of Creating and Sharing Oil Sands Environmental Management Knowledge [Download]

    Title: The OSRIN Story: Five Years of Creating and Sharing Oil Sands Environmental Management Knowledge
    Creator: OSRIN
    Description: The Oil Sands Research and Information Network (OSRIN) was originally proposed to the Oil Sands Environmental Management Division of Alberta Environment by the School of Energy and the Environment (SEE), University of Alberta in December 2007. The need for OSRIN was described as follows: Currently, oil sands research occurs through a vast array of unconnected research groups, universities and funding bodies, both public and private sector. The challenge is thus to develop a structure that will provide coordination where necessary and increase efficiency of the research, while maintaining the entrepreneurial nature and benefits of current academic structures. The proposed network will provide a structure for the allocation of Government of Alberta research funds, to facilitate the leveraging of additional research funds (private sector and other), for integration and leveraging of research activities and for information management and dissemination. This structure will facilitate the management of knowledge transfer in order to ensure that science is progressing from one study to the next and facilitate the implementation of new knowledge in technology and environmental systems. Alberta Environment and the University signed an agreement in March of 2008 to fund and implement the proposed network. The original term of the agreement was to the end of March 2013, however prudent allocation of funds meant that resources were available to continue beyond this date. As a result, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development extended the term of the grants until December 31, 2014. This report summarizes the progress made by OSRIN from 2009 to 2014 in meeting its three mandates: 1. Creating oil sands environmental management knowledge by funding research – the emphasis was to be on mineable oil sands, not in-situ developments 2. Sharing oil sands environmental management information using a variety of different tools, and 3. Networking to help link researchers with funders and other researchers, and to enhance awareness of oil sands environmental management issues The following achievements reflect OSRIN’s efforts at meeting its mandates: • 80 research projects and workshops funded • 71 technical reports issued (one additional research report on heavy metals in mammals will be released early in 2015) • 39,771 downloads of OSRIN technical reports, staff reports and videos • 17 conferences sponsored
    Subjects: Oil Sands, SR-13, Reclamation, Social, Alberta, Monitoring, Economic, Tarsands, Tar Sands, Oilsands, Tailings, OSRIN, Regulatory
    Date Created: 2014/12/31
  6. OSRIN’s Did You Know Series: The Collected Works [Download]

    Title: OSRIN’s Did You Know Series: The Collected Works
    Creator: OSRIN
    Description: The Oil Sands Research and Information Network (OSRIN) developed the Did You Know series as a means of highlighting interesting current and historical facts about development, economics and environmental management related to the oil sands. The series expanded to cover items of interest in the broader Lower Athabasca region. Each Did You Know piece was released on the website and often included links to other related resources. A total of 66 Did You Know pieces were released. This report is a compilation of the Did You Know series in chronological order.
    Subjects: SR-11, Tar Sands, OSRIN, Oil Sands, Alberta, Oilsands, Tarsands
    Date Created: 2014/12/12
  7. OSRIN Annual Report: 2013/14 [Download]

    Title: OSRIN Annual Report: 2013/14
    Creator: OSRIN
    Description: This report describes Oil Sands Research and Information Network (OSRIN) activities and accomplishments for the fiscal year (FY) April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Key accomplishments for OSRIN this past year include: • Management of 38 research projects, support of 3 conferences and a Student Delegation oil sands tour; • Publication of 15 technical reports arising from contracted research, for a total of 46 to date; • Publication of the 2012/13 Annual Report, as well as updating 3 Staff Reports; • Addition of 15 new articles to the Did You Know series (we are in the process of compiling all of these into a report to be released in December) • Continued publication of the bi-weekly OSRIN Newsletter – 260 subscribers as of March 31, 2014, a significant increase from 175 at the end of last year; • Continued digitizing and making publically available historical research and policy reports as pdf documents (370 made available to date); • Continued adding references to the OSRIN/CEMA Oil Sands Environmental Management Bibliography – currently 2,967 records • Continued outreach efforts by the OSRIN Executive Director. Publication of OSRIN reports provides the public and researchers with additional information on environmental management of oil sands impacts. They are available from the University’s Education & Research Archive ( http://hdl.handle.net/10402/era.17209
    ). Over 28,500 copies of OSRIN’s reports have been downloaded since September 2011 . OSRIN is currently slated to wind up at the end of December 2014.
    Subjects: Social, Oilsands, Monitoring, Oil Sands, Alberta, Regulatory, Reclamation, SR-10, Research, OSRIN, Tailings, Economic, Tar Sands, Tarsands, Annual Report
    Date Created: 2014/04/16
  8. OSRIN Writer’s Style Guide - November 2013 Update [Download]

    Title: OSRIN Writer’s Style Guide - November 2013 Update
    Creator: OSRIN
    Description: November 2013 Update to Guide. This Style Guide is designed to assist the author or researcher in preparing reports for the Oil Sands Research and Information Network (OSRIN). It is important that OSRIN reports conform to high standards of scientific content, literacy, format and consistency. The guiding principle is not that you should be able to get information into the report, but that the reader should be able to get the information out. The reader’s prime needs are that the report is well organized and the text is lucid and concise.
    Subjects: Tarsands, Oil Sands, Guide, Oilsands, OSRIN, Alberta, SR-2, Tar Sands
    Date Created: 2012/07/09
  9. OSRIN Annual Report: 2011/12 [Download]

    Title: OSRIN Annual Report: 2011/12
    Creator: OSRIN
    Description: This report describes Oil Sands Research and Information Network (OSRIN) activities and accomplishments for the fiscal year (FY) April 1, 2011 – March 31, 2012. Key accomplishments for OSRIN this past year include: • Publication of eight technical reports arising from contracted research; • Publication of two staff reports and updates to three others; • Release of the online, searchable Oil Sands Environmental Management Bibliography on the Cumulative Environmental Management Association’s website • Continued digitizing and making publically available historical research and policy reports as pdf documents (200 made available to date); • Extensive outreach efforts by the OSRIN Executive Director through presentations at nine seminars and conferences. Publication of OSRIN reports provides the public and researchers with additional information on environmental management of oil sands impacts. They are available from the University’s Education & Research Archive ( http://hdl.handle.net/10402/era.17209
    ). Over 3,900 copies of OSRIN’s reports were downloaded from September 2011 until the end of March 2012.
    Subjects: Tarsands, Economic, Oil Sands, Oilsands, Reclamation, OSRIN, SR-8, Regulatory, Annual Report, Monitoring, Social, Research, Alberta, Tailings, Tar Sands
    Date Created: 2012/05/28
  10. OSRIN Annual Report: 2010/11 [Download]

    Title: OSRIN Annual Report: 2010/11
    Creator: OSRIN
    Description: This report describes Oil Sands Research and Information Network (OSRIN) activities and accomplishments for the fiscal year April 1, 2010 – March 31, 2011.
    Subjects: Monitoring, Tar Sands, Regulatory, Annual Report, Oilsands, Alberta, Research, Reclamation, Tailings, Economic, Tarsands, OSRIN, SR-6, Oil Sands, Social
    Date Created: 2011/04/13