Fact or Fiction: Oil Sands Reclamation

Grant, Jennifer and Dyer, Simon and Woynillowicz, Dan (2008) Fact or Fiction: Oil Sands Reclamation. The Pembina Institute. ISBN 1-897390-13-0

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Abstract

Surface mining for oil sands is radically transforming the Athabasca Boreal region of northeastern Alberta. The feverish expansion in oil sands development is based on the untested assumption that mined landscapes can be recovered to something close to the pre-development ecosystem after mining is complete. Reclamation is the final step mining companies are required to complete before mine closure. Defined in Alberta as the “stabilization, contouring, maintenance, conditioning or reconstruction of the surface of land,” reclamation is an essential component of responsible oil sands development. However, an assessment of the current policies and practices governing oil sands mine reclamation reveals an alarming range of challenges, uncertainties and risks that deserve immediate attention and broader public discussion. This report explores these issues to help demonstrate what is fact and what is fiction about oil sands mine reclamation.

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    Uncontrolled Keywords: oil, sands, pembina, canada, athabascan, energy
    Subjects: Natural Resources and Industry > Energy
    Peoples, Cultures and Societies > Local Communities
    Organizations: Unspecified
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2011 10:29
    URI: http://library.arcticportal.org/id/eprint/1491

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