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- 6Gamal El-Din, M.
- 6Oil Sands Research and Information Network
- 5Powter, C.B.
- 5Welham, C.
- 4Mian, H.
- 3Eaton, B.
This report provides a number of cost estimating factors, common terminology and common practices derived from industrial decommissioning projects, international cost estimating practices and the outcome of a joint university, industry and regulator workshop. The cost estimation factors...
Oil sands reclamation guidance documents prepared by the Cumulative Environmental Management Association and endorsed by the provincial government include lists of potential reclamation species and their characteristics (Alberta Environment 2008, 2010). This report consolidates and updates...
Ecological resilience, first defined by Holling in 1973, can be broadly described as the capacity of an ecosystem to respond to a perturbation or disturbance by resisting damage and recovering quickly, but other authors have provided variations on this theme since 1973. Ecological resilience is...
Assessing Corporate Certification as Impetus for Accurate Reporting in Alberta’s Mine Financial Security ProgramDownload
Alberta’s Mine Financial Security Program (MFSP) establishes the procedures for determining and administering financial security for reclamation of oil sands and coal mining operations. The program establishes more transparent and consistent methods for determining the financial security amount...
This is one of two versions of this report. This one (TR-4A) contains the Report only. The other (TR-4) contains the report and Appendices. This report provides a high level summary of the conversations and discoveries that emerged over the course of the Reclamation Challenge Dialogue. During...
The objectives of our research program were to: (1) study biological activities in oil sands mature fine tailings and oil sands process-affected water, (2) develop microbial biofilm seed to support engineered biological processes with enhancement measures, and (3) review available bioreactor...
Metrics for Assessing Fisheries Productivity and Offsetting Strategies under Canada’s New Fisheries ActDownload
The Alberta oil sands region contains one of the world’s largest oil deposits, estimated at 1.7 trillion barrels. Development in this region can have negative effects for aquatic species, governed under Canada’s Fisheries Act. The Fisheries Act allows the possibility for offsetting losses in...
The Audit Protocol for the Mine Financial Security Program was commissioned to provide a framework to assist government or third-party auditors of Annual Reports under Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development’s Mine Financial Security Program (MFSP). The Audit Protocol seeks to...
Next Generation Sequencing of Protists as a Measure of Microbial Community in Oil Sands Tailings Ponds: Amplicon Versus Metagenomic ApproachesDownload
The Alberta oil sands provide a major benefit to the province as an economic driver. At the same time, their responsible exploitation, particularly in mitigating the environmental impact of oil extraction stands as a significant challenge to be addressed. One of the most contentious aspects is...
Within the next decade we are likely to see some significant tests of the current oil sands regulatory and policy framework, including: • Industry-driven: such as an application for reclamation certificate or an application for release of process-affected water or a request to approve the...