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.

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What's New

  1. Debt-averse BlackPearl bucks junior oil's trend

    "We don't take on too much debt, and if there was a hiccup for some period of time, we can withstand it,"

  2. Enbridge gets approval for Edmonton-to-Hardisty pipeline

    Enbridge has won federal government approval to build a new 570,000 barrel-a-day oil pipeline from Edmonton to Hardisty

  3. Megaloads

    The megaloads battle, which raged in meeting halls, on the streets, in the media, and the courts from spring 2010 through summer 2013, forced Big Oil to find another route for giant infrastructural equipment bound for the Alberta tar sands

  4. Pipelines west

    Northern Gateway remains in focus pending the federal government’s decision.

  5. Lawyer asks court to shut Alberta oil sands plant releasing harmful smells

    A lawyer has asked a court to shut down a northwestern Alberta oil sands plant even though the owner is working to obey regulatory orders to stop harmful odours that have forced nearby residents from their homes

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Did You Know

  1. The $100,000 Beetle

    April 16 2014

    The headline for this Did You Know comes from a 2013 Financial Post article by Peter Foster. As eye-catching as that headline is, the 2014 article by Adam Wilmoth states that Chaparral Energy Inc. spent $6M to trap and relocate six beetles from its CO2 pipeline route in Oklahoma.

  2. Lots of Science and Engineering Disciplines Involved in Oil Sands

    March 24 2014

    Monitoring and managing the impacts of oil sands development is very complex, which is why there are so many science and engineering disciplines involved.

  3. Wildfires

    March 12 2014

    The Richardson Fire in 2011, north of Fort McMurray, was the second largest forest fire in Alberta’s history at over 700,000 hectares.

  4. Railway Service to Fort McMurray

    February 20 2014

    The option of shipping bitumen by rail continues to receive a lot of media attention as pipeline access is delayed. Where exactly does the railway to the oil sands region go, who runs it, what is the history behind it, and what about the future?

  5. The Mines that Weren't

    February 04 2014

    Most of us are familiar with mines that are active or proposed or somewhere in the regulatory process. But what about mines that had been proposed but never got developed?

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