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 firms put high-tech methods to extract bitumen on display for reporters

    While massive open pit mines are often the public face of the oilsands, in situ (in place) production methods used here are the future, said Colin Wood of the Alberta Energy Regulator, which organized this media tour Thursday

  2. Enbridge mulls 120,000-barrel-per-day rail terminal in Oklahoma to handle Canadian crude shipments

    Enbridge Energy Partners is considering building a 120,000-barrel-per-day rail terminal at the oil storage hub at Cushing, Oklahoma

  3. New book on oil sands pioneer John Allan offers fascinating glimpse of early Alberta

    Allan played a huge role in the development of Alberta’s mineral resources, helping to lay the foundation for what was to come when oil sands pioneers like Suncor and Syncrude began mining bitumen north of Fort McMurray

  4. OSRIN releases two new oil sands research reports

    OSRIN has released an oil sands revegetation methodology report prepared by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and an oil sands tailings microbiology report prepared by the University of Alberta.

  5. U.S. greenbacks funding anti-oil sands fight

    Researcher Vivian Krause has documented Canadian organizations such as the Dogwood Initiative being funded by American foundations such as Tides and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to oppose the Northern Gateway pipeline

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Did You Know

  1. What Happens After a Mine is Suspended

    November 14 2014

    In May, 2014 Total and Suncor announced that the Joslyn North mine project was suspended indefinitely. What does this mean in terms of environmental management and regulatory oversight of the mine site?

  2. Oil Sands in Fiction

    October 30 2014

    In 1980, Alistair MacLean wrote a novel called Athabasca about saboteurs attacking a tar sands mine, and concurrently the trans-Alaska pipeline. Fast forward to 2008 and a novel by Clive and Dirk Cussler called Arctic Drift about a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at Kitimat gone bad.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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