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Tailings Management and Reclamation

Responding to Directive 74 and Optimizing Your Extractions for Oil Sands

Thursday, September 17, 2009

About

In response to the growing size of tailings ponds, mounting public scrutiny, and more intense efforts by the province to balance economic growth and environmental concerns, the ERCB's Directive 74 sets out tougher criteria for managing and reclaiming oil sands tailings in Alberta.

Ensure you know how to comply with the Directive's specifications

These proceedings provide the critical information you need on planning and managing tailings and reclamation strategies. As of 2009, Alberta's energy regulator released new rules aimed at cleaning up tailings ponds for oil, gas and mining companies. Companies that don't comply could be forced to close parts or all of their multi-billion dollar facilities. Learn about new technologies to improve the extraction and clean-up process, and the implications for future reclamation efforts.

These proceedings delve into important issues impacting the oil, gas, mining and oil sands industries:

  • Get critical updates on the changing regulatory framework and how this impacts the growth and direction of the oil and gas sectors and oil sands industry
  • How specific policy decisions and new scientific research will ultimately affect project development, including costs and timelines
  • Determine the steps required to move new technologies to commercial success
  • Learn to address stakeholder concerns so that your project is not stalled or stopped

Contents & Contributors

About

In response to the growing size of tailings ponds, mounting public scrutiny, and more intense efforts by the province to balance economic growth and environmental concerns, the ERCB's Directive 74 sets out tougher criteria for managing and reclaiming oil sands tailings in Alberta.

Ensure you know how to comply with the Directive's specifications

These proceedings provide the critical information you need on planning and managing tailings and reclamation strategies. As of 2009, Alberta's energy regulator released new rules aimed at cleaning up tailings ponds for oil, gas and mining companies. Companies that don't comply could be forced to close parts or all of their multi-billion dollar facilities. Learn about new technologies to improve the extraction and clean-up process, and the implications for future reclamation efforts.

These proceedings delve into important issues impacting the oil, gas, mining and oil sands industries:

  • Get critical updates on the changing regulatory framework and how this impacts the growth and direction of the oil and gas sectors and oil sands industry
  • How specific policy decisions and new scientific research will ultimately affect project development, including costs and timelines
  • Determine the steps required to move new technologies to commercial success
  • Learn to address stakeholder concerns so that your project is not stalled or stopped

Contents & Contributors

Alberta’s Overall Strategy for Oil Sands & Tailings Management
Dufferin Harper, Counsel, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Water Use in Bitumen Production: Tailings Management in Surface Mined Oil Sands
Dr. Randy Mikula, Team Leader of Emulsions & Technologies in Advanced Seperation Technologies, CANMET Energy Technology Centre – Devon Energy Technology and Program Sector, Natural Resourses Canada

Exploring Closing Options: Taking a Life-Cycle Approach to Planning to Achieve Optimal Reclamation
Gord McKenna, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, BGC Engineering Inc.

Challenges & Policy Gaps
Jennifer Grant, Policy Analyst, The Pembina Institute

Water Chemistry Controls Everything: The Geochemical Continuum of Extraction, Tailings Behavior and Reclamation
Dr. Robert Donahue, Principal, Applied Geochemical Engineering Solutions Inc.

Re-establishing Boreal Native Plant Systems on Disturbed Sites
Tim Vinge, Landscape Restoration Specialist, Alberta Sustainable Resourse Development, Oil Sands Branch

Directive 74 and the Implications for Industry
Arnie Olyan, Senior Counsel Energy Group, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Sean Murphy, LL.B, B.Sc. (Mining Engineering), Associate Lawyer, Energy Group, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Accelerating Ecological Controls of Water Quality in End Pit Lakes
David Austin, P.E., Senior Ecologist ESA, Principal Technologist Natural Treatment Systems, CH2M Hill

Improving Bitumen Extraction and Tailings Disposal Processes
Baki Ozum, P.Eng., Ph.D., Director, R&D, Apex Engineering Inc.

Impact of Tailings Management Practices and New Extraction Technologies on Water Use and Environmental Commercialization
Dr. Selma Guigard, Ph.D., P.Eng., Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering Program, University of Alberta

Necessary Next Steps for Moving New Technologies Towards Commercialization
Zoltan Tompa, Director Applications, Sustainable Development Technology Canada