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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What's New

  1. OSRIN releases new oil sands research report

    OSRIN held a workshop in which 48 people from a variety of sectors identified oil sands challenges that will arise in the next 10 years

  2. Alberta pushes for rule change to spur Chinese investment

    Alberta’s new political leadership is calling on Ottawa to take another look at foreign investment rules blamed for a dramatic drop in energy investments from China

  3. Devon wins approval of Pike oil sands project

    The Alberta government has officially signed off on a 105,000-barrel-per-day thermal oil sands project proposed by Devon Energy Corp. and BP PLC

  4. Is it better to process bitumen in Canada, or ship it out raw?

    Refining is a tough business in North America

  5. Why oil is chugging through your town

    Lac La Biche lies smack in the middle of the bitumen trail that takes heavy crude from the oil sands and transports it south, to refineries across the continent

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Did You Know

  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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