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“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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Unlike in the United States, the challenges of treating flowback water used in hydraulic fracturing has received little attention in Canada but that won’t last, predicts a longtime water handler.
In the early days of oilsands development, Alberta’s energy sector was one of the few to heed the concerns of scientists such as internationally-renowned limnologist David Schindler about acid rain, and thus industry helped advance research into its causes and effects.
Companies tend to find short-term solutions for management and treatment of frac water or flowback, but the development of shale plays should be viewed in the long-term, says the director and chairman of Anterra Energy Inc.,which means there should be centralized water management and treatment.
Staoil says it plans to expand a joint venture pilot project with GE and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels to capture flare gas and use it to power up to six of Statoil’s drill rigs and one fracturing fleet in North Dakota.
Work is continuing on the clean-up of mainly chloride-contaminated water from a failed three-inch emulsion gathering pipeline Aug. 29, 2014, in the Nipisi area, an Anterra Energy Inc. executive said today.
Intense competition for freshwater worldwide — including in parts of Canada — could hinder shale gas development in many global regions with the largest reserves, meaning governments and companies will have to make important choices about how to manage their energy and water needs, says a newly-released, U.S.-based think-tank report.
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