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 sands pioneer named Entrepreneur of the Year

    Bill McCaffrey, founder of thermal oil sands company MEG Energy Corp., has been named EY’s 2014 prairie region Entrepreneur of the Year.

  2. Young Canadians are hurting the oil sands debate

    The typical young Canadian professional's engagement with the oil sands is like this: You pull your smart phone out and skim through your social media feed. You see post after post about the Canadian oil sands and its negative impact on the environment.

  3. In the oil sands, this is not the time to panic

    Oil prices are dropping precipitously. Since mid-June, when West Texas Intermediate crude peaked at more than $107 (U.S.) a barrel, prices have dropped about 25 per cent and ended Thursday at $82.70. What does that mean for the oil sands?

  4. Beyond Energy East: The great push to get Alberta’s crude to market

    Canadian crude may soon find its way into international markets via the Great Lakes and New Jersey, as Alberta oil producers explore new routes to circumvent pipeline bottlenecks in North America

  5. Researcher receives $20 million to study oil recovery in Alberta's oil sands

    Nanotechnology similar to that used to kill tumours in cancer patients could be adapted to improve in situ oil recovery in Alberta's oil sands

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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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