Regulating & Monitoring

Oil sands operators must adhere to stringent industrial regulations. Regulatory oversight is multi-faceted and broad in scope. Approvals from numerous regulatory agencies are required at every phase ... 

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Regulating and Monitoring


Air

The Government of Alberta implemented greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations in 2007 that require a 12% reduction in GHG emissions per barrel ...

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Air


Land

Oil sands developments are subject to government reclamation requirements and companies are required to develop a reclamation plan for the life of each project prior to project approval ...

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Land


Water

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 ...

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Water


Tailings Ponds

Proposals to construct new tailings ponds are assessed by provincial regulatory bodies including Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and ...

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Tailings Ponds


Wildlife

Wildlife and biodiversity are protected by numerous laws and regulations and are included in environmental impact assessments. Oil sands development plans must include steps to minimize the effects ...

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Wildlife

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Guiding Principles for
Oil Sands Development


Canada's oil sands industry will provide a secure source of energy, reduce its impact on the environment and provide economic benefits to society while developing this globally significant resource. We will achieve this through continuous improvement, by developing new technology and by committing to guiding principles.

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