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.

Subscribe in a reader

What's New

  1. Uintah deputies arrest anti-tar sands activists

    Twenty-one activists were arrested Monday during a "blockade" of a tar sands company’s construction equipment in eastern Utah, according to anti-tar sands groups who accused Uintah County sheriff’s deputies of "brutality."

  2. A trillion reasons why Alberta won’t slow oil sands development

    CERI predicted the cumulative royalty payments to the province will likely total $1 trillion over the next 35 years.

  3. Inter Pipeline says new diluent line to oil sands in service

    Inter Pipeline Ltd , which operates regional pipeline systems in Western Canada, said on Friday it had completed a C$1.1 billion conduit serving two northern Alberta oil sands projects operated by Cenovus Energy Inc.

  4. Alberta leadership hopeful Prentice lets carbon capture go

    Alberta’s era of massive investments in industry-led carbon capture and storage projects – the cornerstone of the province’s climate-change policy that has come under fire for increasing oil sands greenhouse gas emissions – would come to end under the leadership of Jim Prentice.

  5. Environmental group attacks Suncor for trumpeting success while failing to mention violations

    An environmental group is taking aim at a Suncor Energy Inc. sustainability report issued this week, charging that Canada’s largest oil company is embellishing its progress while omitting its history of leaks and violated regulations.

  6. »more
Subscribe in a reader

Did You Know

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. Oil Sands Celebrities

    May 08 2014

    High profile people such as Hollywood celebrities, entertainers, media personnel, athletes, ex-politicians, business people, economists, academics and others who are influential have become associated with oil sands issues over the years, generating more publicity than might otherwise have happened

  6. »more