POWI’s research looks at the impacts of oil sands development on freshwater and identifies approaches for effective environmental monitoring.
A discussion paper authored by David Schindler, Andrew Miall and Adele Hurley that describes the history of environmental monitoring in the oil sands, outlines what needs to be monitored and lays out principles to guide development of an effective monitoring and reporting system. To see the related POWI event, please click here.View ▸
How the Oil Sands Got to the Great Lakes Basin: Pipelines, Refineries and Emissions to Air and Water
Refineries in the Great Lakes Basin are rapidly expanding to accommodate crude oil from the Alberta oil sands. The paper examines proposals to expand pipelines and refineries, why the oil sands are coming east, and potential impacts in the Great Lakes Basin. To see the related POWI event, please click here.View ▸
Running out of Steam? A Workshop on Oil Sands Development and Water Use in the Athabasca River Watershed: Science and Market-Based Solutions (Meeting Report)
A group of experts and observers discuss how the oil sands extraction is affecting the Athabasca River and provide feedback on the discussion paper Running Out of Steam? Oil Sands Development and Water Use in the Athabasca River Watershed: Science and Market Based Solutions.View ▸
Running out of Steam? Oil Sands Development and Water Use in the Athabasca River Watershed: Science and Market Based Solutions (Discussion Paper)
The implications of Alberta's oil sands on current and planned water withdrawals from the Athabasca River and options for water management.View ▸