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Editor's note
“I didn’t come to Fort McMurray [Alberta] for the money. I thought I could have a positive impact on reducing the environmental footprint of our [oilsands] operations.”
One of the most significant players in the oilsands industry is also among Canada’s largest natural gas producers—and enhancing efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is an investment for both plays.
A new surface water quality monitoring program for the Lower Athabasca River in the heart of Alberta’s largest oilsands region released in March by federal Environment Minister Peter Kent will be incorporated into the work of a revamped provincial monitoring program, says the province’s environment minister.
Generations of lynxes, moose, deer, foxes and bears have come to take Imperial Oil Limited’s in situ oilsands installation at Cold Lake, Alta., for granted.
Christine Daly never expected to be working for Suncor Energy, Inc., or any oilsands company, for that matter. The 31-year-old, who holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and master’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Windsor, was raised in Tecumseh, Ont. Her expectation was to conduct research on the Great Lakes for most of her life, but a summer working for Suncor changed her path, leading her to embrace an opportunity to effect change from inside industry.
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Alberta’s new South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP), by nature of the comprehensive stakeholder-consultation process that helped create it, resulted in at least some compromise on all sides by competing regional interests.
Suncor Energy Inc.’s total overall air emissions in 2013 decreased by 20 per cent compared to 2012 levels – to 69,900 tonnes from 87,100 tonnes -- primarily due to a decrease in emissions from oilsands and the divestiture of the majority of its conventional natural gas business.
Factors that enabled bitumen to leak to surface at Canadian Natural Resources Limited’s Primrose thermal oil project last year fall into two main areas—CNRL’s steaming strategy and wellbore problems, the Alberta Energy Regulator concluded from a preliminary review of CNRL’s own report and an independent technical review panel.
The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation says it will be looking at other ways to challenge the proposed Grand Rapids pipeline after it decided Tuesday to pull out of an Alberta Energy Regulator hearing, citing a concern about tight timelines to consider environmental studies.
Cenovus Energy Inc. was fined a total of $259,385 in 2013 for withdrawing too much water and emitting too much sulphur dioxide (SO2) in 2010/2011, says the company in its 2013 corporate responsibility report.
Simplifying the complexities of the energy sector for a general reader is particularly difficult, according to Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR) president Kevin Heffernan. largely because much of the language used in the oilpatch comes in the form of technical jargon, which is not easily understood by outsiders.
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