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 1.3 M hits; another 1.52 M for "oilsands"; 816 K for “tar sands" and 205 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. Oil exports to get eastern boost with plans for N.B. rail terminal

    Secure Energy Services Inc. is working to open a new outlet for landlocked Alberta crude on Canada’s East Coast

  2. Pipelines west

    A Western Canadian pipeline once seen as the best near-term hope for sending more of the country's controversial tar sands crude to Asia has hit another snag

  3. Wider interest seen in heavy-oil hedging as prices rebound

    Financial players and rail companies are among those piling into the paper trade of Western Canada’s heavy oil, a Calgary brokerage says, as prices snap back from deep discounts that have vexed producers seeking new outlets for Alberta’s landlocked crude

  4. U of A water expert detects little heavy metals in oil sands moss

    Water expert Bill Shotyk’s study, released Tuesday, looked at air pollution through samples of moss that pick up dust in the oil sands area

  5. Why some global commodities players are shipping less Canadian crude by rail now

    Spot crude-by-rail volumes are down in Canada as traders and marketers including Glencore PLC are deterred by stronger heavy oil prices

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Did You Know

  1. Dry Tailings

    October 14 2014

    The Holy Grail for tailings disposal is dry tailings (or stackable tailings) which reduces water use (faster recycling back to process), water loss from storage areas (seepage), and speeds up reclamation (little or no time lost in waiting for a trafficable surface).

  2. History of Syncrude Canada Ltd. Partnership

    September 26 2014

    Syncrude is currently a partnership of seven companies, though the number has varied since 1965 from four to nine. Partners have changed over the years through purchases, corporate amalgamations and corporate name changes.

  3. Monster Tires Supporting Oil Sands Development

    September 15 2014

    Iconic pictures of the mineable oil sands include big trucks and people standing beside the monster tires that support them.

  4. 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

  5. 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).

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