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Opinion: Allowing oilsands mines to treat and release water key to reclamation

The recent publication of the Government of Canada’s Introduction to the Crown-Indigenous Working Group for the Potential Oil Sands Mining Effluent Regulations paper provides important information highlighting how regulations could enable the oilsands mining industry to accelerate land reclamation by working towards an important part of the solution — managing major volumes of mine water the sector […]

MAC Newsletter – Mining’s Commitment to Climate Change Action

To get to a lower carbon future, mining is inarguably the most important sector for the materials needed to literally piece together the tech that will lower our GHG footprint. The question is not whether we require minerals and metals to reach our climate goals, but rather if Canada will become the supplier the world needs.

R&D Plays a Key Role in Responsible Operations for Syncrude

Syncrude Canada Ltd. leverages innovation to drive its success as an oil sands mining operator. This includes the company’s Base Mine Lake (BML). Through the reclamation process, one of Syncrude’s former mines was transformed into a lake that has already seen the return of a number of plants and insects. After Syncrude completed mining of […]

Eldorado / Olympias Site

Not long ago, this was once part of a mine. Today, it’s a vibrant ecosystem. Eldorado Gold is undertaking one of the largest reclamation projects in Greece at the company’s Olympias site in the Halkidiki Peninsula. Mining activities by the previous project owners left behind more than 2.4 million tonnes of tailings. Eldorado has been rehabilitating 26.5 […]

Syncrude Reclamation / Lynne Barlow

Not long ago, this was once a mine. Today, we’re restoring the land with many other valuable things. In 2008, Syncrude launched an ambitious project: design a peat-forming, groundwater-fed wetland, known as a Fen, and incorporate it into land reclaimed from its oil sands mining operation in northern Alberta. Today, the Sandhill Fen Research Watershed Initiative is […]

Syncrude’s Bison Herd Thriving on reclaimed oil sands land

A first-time visitor to Syncrude’s oil sands operations in northern Alberta might be surprised to see a herd of wood bison grazing on grasses on the site, but they represent a symbol of the company’s promise to provide a sustainable ecosystem for future generations long after its operations have ended. Even before production began in […]

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