Oil Sands Today



"What are Oil Sands?"

Oil sands are a mixture of sand, water, clay and bitumen. Bitumen is oil that is too heavy or thick to flow or be pumped without being diluted or heated. At 10°C/50°F, bitumen is hard as a hockey puck. Some bitumen is found between the surface and 70 metres (200 feet) underground, but the majority is much deeper.

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What are the facts?

Water Monitoring in the oil sands


Oil sands projects are required to conduct extensive hydrological studies as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment process and are required to perform ongoing monitoring of surface and groundwater resources that may be impacted by operations.

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Responsible Canadian Energy


Companies perform ongoing monitoring of surface and groundwater sources that may be impacted by their operations. This data is submitted to the Government of Alberta and can be audited at any time. The oil sands sector is a proponent and participant in these and other initiatives aimed at reducing impacts and achieving sustainable water use and quality.

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Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring


The Alberta and Canadian governments are working together to implement the Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring (JOSM), a world class monitoring program for oil sands that integrates all environmental components, including water quality.

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COSIA

Water is high-value commodity and COSIA’s Water Environment Priority Area (EPA) is looking for innovative and sustainable water solutions to reduce water use and increase water recycling rates.