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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. Cold Lake heating up as oil boom accelerates

    Cold Lake city has been an oil boom town in its own right with production in its vicinity ramping up to half a million barrels per day

  2. Pipelines safer than trains for moving oil, Canadians believe

    Canadians think pipelines are safer than trains or ships for transporting oil and gas – but they have little confidence the government is prepared to cope with a potential spill, according to public opinion research commissioned by the federal government.

  3. New energy regulator wants to restore trust

    Alberta is now home to an independent agency funded by industry, with a budget of $200-million and a staff of 1,200, that oversees all aspects of energy development

  4. Northern Courier oil sands pipeline gets green light from regulator

    TransCanada Corp. says its $800-million Northern Courier pipeline proposal has been given the green light by the Alberta Energy Regulator

  5. Costs up for oil sands production

    The costs of producing bitumen and synthetic crude in the Albertan oil sands have increased over the past year, says the Canadian Energy Research Institute

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Did You Know

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Predicting Long-term Oil Sands Production Levels

    June 13 2014

    The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, one of several organizations that predict production far into the future, recently issued a revised forecast that saw a 400,000 barrels-per-day reduction in expected production by 2030. In this article we examine the projections of the Alberta Energy Regulator (previously Energy Resources Conservation Board), Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, National Energy Board and Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).

  5. Oil Sands Dinosaurs

    May 28 2014

    Given our fascination with dinosaurs it’s no surprise that when one is discovered at a mine site the news spreads rapidly.

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