Other Technical Reports (OSRIN)
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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Surface mining of Alberta bitumen is probably the biggest mining operation in the world. It has a significant environmental footprint with about 840 km2 total active footprint in 2012 and 895 km2 in 2013 (Fig 1) (AESRD 2014). Of this area, tailings ponds covered 239.3 km2 in 2013...