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Tailings Plan Review

An Assessment of Oil Sands Company Submissions for Compliance with ERCB Directive 074

Published Dec 1, 2009

By Terra Simieritsch, Simon Dyer, Water Matters

A comprehensive review of regulatory documents filed with the Alberta government, conducted by the Pembina Institute and Water Matters, found that only two oil sands operations reported they would meet the rules to reduce toxic tailings between 2011 and 2013 (the start date for binding rules to capture and start solidifying liquid tailings). The seven remaining operations submitted plans that will not comply with rules for reducing their production of liquid tailings by the first target date in 2011. Some companies submitted plans suggesting they may not meet the rules for tailings management for over 40 years.

Download the backgrounder on tailings and Directive 074

Download the full assessment report