Oil Sands Today
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.
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.
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.
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.