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October 11, 2004
New research facility will focus on sound management of oil sands tailings
DEVON, ALTA-A new $2.2-million research facility near Edmonton will study innovative approaches to treating the tailings from oil sands exploration. The federal government, through Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), is contributing $900,000 to the facility over five years and will operate it jointly with the University of Alberta's Faculty of Engineering. The facility will consist of three independent research departments for delivery, treatment and deposition of tailings. Its research will focus on efficient tailings management, minimized environmental impact of material handling, prevention of adverse environmental releases, efficient use of water, sustainable landscape, progressive reclamation and much more. This research is critical for industry to meet environmental regulations, address safety and liability issues, and reduce operating costs. Funding for the new facility has also come from the Alberta Research Council, the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Alberta Science and Research Authority. Other supporters include Albian Sands Energy, Canadian Natural Resources, Suncor Energy, Syncrude and True North Energy.