This 2011 POWI Forum was based on a Discussion Paper, “The Oil Sands Environmental Footprint: Measuring Pollutants and Managing Their Impact” by David Schindler, Andrew Miall and Adele Hurley. The Discussion Paper provides background information on environmental monitoring of the oil sands, identifies the key issues that need to be monitored, and presents a regulatory checklist containing principles and key criteria for a world-class information and reporting system.
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At this 2008 POWI-sponsored Book Presentation, well-known Canadian journalist and author, Andrew Nikiforuk discussed his latest book, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent. The book is a critical exposé of the oil sands industry, covering its environmental, social and economic impacts. Nikiforuk is a well-known Canadian journalist whose work has appeared in Saturday Night, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, Report on Business, Chatelaine, Equinox, and Canadian Family and in both national newspapers. His books include Pandemonium, Saboteurs, which won a Governor-General’s Award, and Fourth Horseman.
Refineries in the Great Lakes Basin are rapidly expanding to accommodate crude oil from the Alberta oil sands. This 2008 POWI conference, “How the Oil Sands Got to the Great Lakes Basin: Pipelines, Refineries and Emissions to Air And Water,” was intended to provide an opportunity, in a university setting, to inform public opinion about the impacts of refinery expansion in the Basin, drawing on data analysis, shared information and public discussion. Emphasis was placed on the cumulative effect of refinery expansions on water quality, air quality and human and non-human downwind communities in the Basin. The conference provided a bilateral opportunity for interactive public comment and dialogue from experts involved in a wide range of disciplines. The conference began with a presentation of the conference paper by the author, journalist David Israelson. Panel members representing government, environmental sciences, law, non-government organizations, academia, industry and the business community shared points of view on issues relating to the refinery expansion. The discussion was webcast live and a record of the conference proceedings, including questions and answers, is now available on the POWI website for on-demand viewing (see link below).