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Tarsands, Oil Sands, Climate, Research Needs, Oilsands, Tar Sands, Meteorology, Alberta

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Language: English



Description: One oil extraction plant GCOS has been in operation for several years, the go-ahead has just been given for a second plant Syncrude, a third Shell has an application pending, and the current energy crises may well accelerate the rate at which additional plants go into production during the next decade. This poses the problem of how to develop the oil sands on an economic basis while ensuring a minimum of undesirable effects on the total environment of the oil sands area and the surrounding region. This report will concern itself only with the atmospheric environment and where necessary with the interface between the atmosphere and the earth’s surface in terms of absorption or deposition of pollution. Although \-containment at source\- is the most effective way of protecting the atmospheric environment, current technology does not allow achievement of this goal either today or probably for some considerable time in the future. To be realistic we must therefore accept the fact that some pollution will enter the atmosphere. The basic question to be answered is: \-How much can reasonably be allowed?\- The emissions from the present plant under normal operating conditions are approximately 350 long tons of SO2 per day. Under upset conditions the plant is allowed to emit at the rate of up to 930 long tons of SO2 per day for short periods. Values for the proposed Syncrude plant will be only slightly less. Thus, while the present plant is emitting at a rate of less than one-tenth that of the Sudbury area, the combined effect of several plants in a small confined area of the Athabasca Valley could produce within ten years total emissions approaching those of the Sudbury area, or even exceeding them in the case of upset. It is therefore essential that the environmental degradation that has occurred in the Sudbury area not be allowed to occur in the Alberta Oil Sands. To do this I the maximum possible use will have to be made of meteorological knowledge for the location, design and operation of the extraction plants, in order that the effects of air pollution in the area are minimized.

Date created: 1974

DOI: doi:10.7939-R3PZ51Q1X

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Autor: Conservation and Utilization Committee



prepared by THE ~SERVATION AND UlILIZATION XM-nTrEE OIL SANDS CL!MAroIOOlCAL AND HYDIDIOOlCAL RFSEAlOI msK FORCE approved and published lllXler the authority of THE ImOURABLE W.J.
:EN;. MINISIER OF THE ENVIroNMENl March 1974 Altxm ENVI RONMENT 403-42S-1130 Environmental Coordination Services Telex 037-2006, TWX 610-831-2636 Milner Building 10040 Office of the Assistant Oeputy Minister 104 Street Edmonton, Alberta, Canada TSJ OZ6 Dr.
Ballantyne, Cllainnan Natural Resources Coordinating Council Sir: Re: Alberta Oil Sands Climatological and Meteorological Research on behalf of the Conservation and utilization carmittee, I have the pleasure of suJ:mitting the Alberta Oil sands Cl.ilIatological and .Meteorological Research Task Force report. For many years the Conservation and utilization carmittee has functioned as the major inter-depart:nental resources ccmnittee of Alberta.
Fol::llet:ly advisory to the Minister of Agriculture, the camdttee :flC1N makes its recx:mnendations and report therein to the Natural Resources Coordinating Council and the Minister of the Environnvmt.
In the past the Conservation and Utilization carmittee has itself authorized rep: rts, ~inted task forces, or recalilexied retention of consultants urxler its direction. !his report was prepared by a Task Force operating on behalf of the Conservation and Utilization camdttee at the request of the Iblourable W.J •.
Yurko, Minister of the Enviro:rJDeIlt for Alberta.
Due to the urgent need for envi.ronnental research on the Alberta Oil Sands, it is planned to outline suchrequ.irenents in a series of task force rep: rts on selected envirormental research issues such as this one on climatology and meteorology and others on hydrology and hydrogeology, land surface reclamation, etc. these reports are intended to provide a focus for discussion. Respectfully sullnitted, #.& Conservation and utilization carmittee ENVI RONMENT 403-425-1130 7th Floor, Milner...

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