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. Enbridge Inc. shuts down pipeline to U.S. after leak releases 1,350 barrels of oil at pumping station

    Enbridge isolated its Line 4 pipe at the Regina terminal in Saskatchewan yesterday after about 1,350 barrels of oil were released within an on-site pumping station, according to a statement

  2. Israeli, Canadian companies to share oil, environmental know-how

    COSIA, a select group of 13 leading oil sands producers, announced Monday it approved associate membership for the Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation (CIIRDF), a government-funded agency which promotes collaborative research between companies in both countries

  3. Canadian oil producers brace for long downturn as Husky, MEG Energy, Penn West axe budgets

    The oil price rout cut wider and deeper Wednesday as another group of Canadian producers – including integrated oil major Husky Energy Inc. – axed 2015 budgets to protect their businesses for what could be a protracted downturn

  4. Pipelines east

    The NEB is now the only federal agency with a mandate to evaluate interprovincial pipelines. It is plain absurdity that the only body that can review this project claims it cannot review its full impact.

  5. Pipelines south

    When he assumes his new position as Majority Leader in January, Republican McConnell will waste little time in bringing up the Keystone XL pipeline project for a vote.

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Did You Know

  1. Zero Discharge Policy

    December 12 2014

    One of the most frequently repeated statements in oil sands environmental management documents, presentations and discussions is “zero discharge policy”. This is in reference to a widely held principle that oil sands mine operators do not discharge oil sands process-affected water off-site.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

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