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Reclamation research for the future at Syncrude Canada Ltd. : soil simulation-revegetation studies on tailings sand

Technical Report:

Abstract

In response to the rising demand for energy in today's world, oil extracted from oil sands has become a viable energy source. Syncrude Canada Ltd. is a 2.2 billion dollar oil sands surface mining and processing venture situated in the Athabasca oil sands of northeastern Alberta. It is located near the town of Fort McMurray approximately 420 km north of Edmonton. During its planned 25 years of mine life, Syncrude expects to produce more than 1 billion barrels of oil from a 2800 ha mine area. Syncrude is committed to reclaiming this immense mine area. The reclamation objective is to return the disturbed site to a vegetative cover having a productivity which is equal to or greater than that which existed prior to disturbance. The reclaimed area must also be compatible with the neighboring natural areas. To accomplish this the vast quantities of tailings sand (that is, the leftover sand from which the oil has been extracted) must be reformed into a soil which is capable of supporting native plant communities. Researchers at Syncrude are looking for ways to use indigenous materials with the tailings sand to simulate a naturally-formed soil. Native plant species are being tested to see how  More>>
Publication Date:
Dec 01, 1979
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
NP-24449
Reference Number:
ERA-05-030223; EDB-80-088117
Subject:
04 OIL SHALES AND TAR SANDS; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; OIL SAND INDUSTRY; WASTE MANAGEMENT; OIL SAND TAILINGS; LAND RECLAMATION; REVEGETATION; GROWTH; PLANTS; SIMULATION; SOILS; INDUSTRY; MANAGEMENT; SOLID WASTES; TAILINGS; WASTES; 041000* - Oil Shales & Tar Sands- Environmental Aspects; 510500 - Environment, Terrestrial- Site Resource & Use Studies- (-1989)
OSTI ID:
8152083
Research Organizations:
Syncrude Canada Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta
Country of Origin:
Canada
Language:
English
Availability:
NTIS (US Sales Only), PC A02/MF A01.
Submitting Site:
CA
Size:
Pages: 8
Announcement Date:
Aug 01, 1980

Technical Report:

Citation Formats

Fedkenheuer, A W, and Browne, J. Reclamation research for the future at Syncrude Canada Ltd. : soil simulation-revegetation studies on tailings sand. Canada: N. p., 1979. Web.
Fedkenheuer, A W, & Browne, J. Reclamation research for the future at Syncrude Canada Ltd. : soil simulation-revegetation studies on tailings sand. Canada.
Fedkenheuer, A W, and Browne, J. 1979. "Reclamation research for the future at Syncrude Canada Ltd. : soil simulation-revegetation studies on tailings sand." Canada.
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author = {Fedkenheuer, A W, and Browne, J}
abstractNote = {In response to the rising demand for energy in today's world, oil extracted from oil sands has become a viable energy source. Syncrude Canada Ltd. is a 2.2 billion dollar oil sands surface mining and processing venture situated in the Athabasca oil sands of northeastern Alberta. It is located near the town of Fort McMurray approximately 420 km north of Edmonton. During its planned 25 years of mine life, Syncrude expects to produce more than 1 billion barrels of oil from a 2800 ha mine area. Syncrude is committed to reclaiming this immense mine area. The reclamation objective is to return the disturbed site to a vegetative cover having a productivity which is equal to or greater than that which existed prior to disturbance. The reclaimed area must also be compatible with the neighboring natural areas. To accomplish this the vast quantities of tailings sand (that is, the leftover sand from which the oil has been extracted) must be reformed into a soil which is capable of supporting native plant communities. Researchers at Syncrude are looking for ways to use indigenous materials with the tailings sand to simulate a naturally-formed soil. Native plant species are being tested to see how well they will grow in such simulated soils and to evaluate their potential for use in large scale reclamation projects. This brochure describes the soil simulation-revegetation experiments going on at Syncrude.}
place = {Canada}
year = {1979}
month = {Dec}
}