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The Scientific Enquiry Committee was appointed by the Hon. D.J. Russell, Minister of the Environment, to investigate factors associated with the discharge of effluents from the Great Canadian Oil Sands (GCOS) tailings pond dyke to the Athabasca River. The terms of reference of the Enquiry were to...
Human system Alberta oil sands environmental research program 1975-1980: An integration and synthesis of research resultsDownload
Commercial exploitation of the Athabasca oil sands deposit had transformed Fort McMurray between 1961 and 1980, from a a small and remote northern community of 1200 people into Alberta's eighth largest city with 27 000 residents. This research project was to describe, ananlyse, and interpret the...
On May 30, 1968 G.C.O.S requested permission to discharge 110 x 106 ft3 of effluent from the sands tailings pond at the Fort McMurray site into the Athabasca River during periods of high river flow. G.C.O.S. outlined the events which made this request necessary in order that an adequate base be...
The Athabasca River serves as a source of water supply and a receiving stream for the wastes of two major industries and several communities. This report presents the summary of water quality in the Athabasca River during six sampling surveys (including a site at Fort McMurray, Tar Island, above...