The Oil Sands Research and Information Network (OSRIN) is an independent organization operating within the School of Energy and the Environment at the University of Alberta.  Our aim is to be the destination of choice for those seeking reliable information related to mineable oil sands reclamation. For more information look at About OSRIN.

If you Google "oil sands" you will secure some 1.46 M hits; another 1.52 M for "oilsands"; 867 K for “tar sands" and 195 K for “tarsands”.  Trolling through these hits will yield a range of content, including science-based research, government and industry data and reports, government policy and legislation, stakeholder and Non-Government Organization information and views, and media articles.  We strongly encourage you to read from a variety of these sources so you can develop an informed opinion about oil sands development, its environmental impacts and the ways government and industry are preventing or managing the impacts.

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  1. Shell nears oil sands carbon capture launch

    The Quest CCS project at Shell's Scotford refinery near Edmonton – which has significant financial backing from the Canadian and Alberta governments – is now about 70 per cent complete

  2. Fort McKay First Nation launches own oil sands health study

    Frustrated by the lack of co-operation from government, the Fort McKay First Nation is about to start a study looking at the possible health effects of the oil sands

  3. Inter Pipeline thrives outside of Keystone glare

    Inter Pipeline Ltd. is leading shareholder gains among Canadian peers as it operates within the oil-friendly provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan

  4. Shell Canada: Oil-sands mines may not meet waste targets

    The head of Royal Dutch Shell PLC's Canadian unit Wednesday said the company may not be able to meet promised targets for reducing toxic wastes from oil sands

  5. Alberta shutting First Nations out of oil sands planning review, say lawyers

    Six aboriginal groups near Alberta’s oil sands are wondering where they can voice their concerns about growing development after the government said they shouldn’t be heard at a precedent-setting review of the province’s environmental plans for the area

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Did You Know

  1. Athabasca Watershed Council

    August 27 2014

    The Athabasca Watershed Council (AWC) is a registered not-for-profit organization formed in August 2009 to work with academia, industry, environmental groups, various levels of government, communities, and citizens to provide timely credible information about the Athabasca Watershed from Jasper to Fort Chipewyan

  2. Mine Closure – What Does it Mean for Oil Sands?

    August 14 2014

    Although complete closure of an oil sands mine or plant site is not likely for many decades, engaging stakeholders in early closure discussions and planning requires a clear, plain language, description of terminology and process(es).

  3. Oil Sands Mine Costs

    July 23 2014

    We extracted expenditure and production figures from EIAs for new projects and for expansion projects and tabulated them to see how they compare.

  4. Oil Sands Mine GHG Emissions

    July 04 2014

    Alberta regulates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of large final emitters (LFEs – those emitting more than 100,000 tonnes/year) through the Climate Change and Emissions Management Act and two regulations – the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation and the Specified Gas Reporting Regulation. Producing oil sands mines qualify as LFEs and thus report emissions.

  5. Tailings Terminology

    June 25 2014

    An increased understanding of the complex nature of tailings, plus the advent of a multitude of treatment technologies applied to specific components of the overall tailings stream resulted in a large suite of tailings terms, accompanied by an alphabet-soup of acronyms.

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