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. CNRL gets go-ahead to resume work at Primrose

    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has been given the go-ahead to resume work at part of an oil sands project in eastern Alberta where a bitumen-water mixture was found oozing to the surface last year

  2. Can Canada’s other mammoth bitumen deposit be commercialized?

    If only one third of the carbonate resource were proven recoverable, Canada could become the top-ranking country in the world in terms of oil reserves

  3. Environmental extremism a rising threat to energy sector, RCMP warns

    RCMP analysts have warned government and industry that environmental extremists pose a “clear and present criminal threat” to Canada’s energy sector

  4. Work nears completion on Syncrude’s $1.9-billion tailings spinner

    1,000 workers are bringing Syncrude’s $1.9-billion Fluid Fine Tailings Centrifuge Full Scale Project to completion

  5. Oil sands in focus

    Visual Capitalists have put together a new infographic detailing the enormity of Canada's oil sands region

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Did You Know

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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