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Oil Sands, Tarsands, Land Capability, Reclamation, Tar Sands, Oilsands, Legislation, Land Use, Alberta, OSRIN, TR-13

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Subject-Keyword: Oil Sands Tarsands Land Capability Reclamation Tar Sands Oilsands Legislation Land Use Alberta OSRIN TR-13

Type of item: Report

Language: English

Place: Canada, Alberta, Fort McMurray

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Description: The Equivalent Land Capability Workshop, held on November 26, 2010 at the University of Alberta, provided an opportunity for 60 reclamation specialists to share views about Equivalent Land Capability and how it is applied to oil sands mine reclamation, and to identify research and information needs. The purpose of the workshop was to develop a shared understanding of the concept and application of Equivalent Land Capability ELC as it applies to oil sands mine reclamation. The workshop format was a series of presentations, each followed by group discussions, which were guided by a series of questions provided by the organizers. A final open forum plenary discussion asked what people had learned and what they felt the next steps should be. There was general agreement that government should develop a policy document on what ELC means today, and acknowledge that the vision may change in the future. The policy document should acknowledge that ELC is much broader than the regulatory definition. ELC is a province-wide issue not just oil sands – therefore the oil sands could be a chapter in a bigger policy document. The policy should clearly distinguish the concept from the practice implementation, measurement, etc

External discussion papers could be also commissioned, with representation from all the publics. The compilation of these papers can act as a pre-policy paper – a synthesis of opinions meant to inform policy. Contributors may need to be paid a stipend. It is not necessary to agree and there can be a diversity of opinions. Additional recommendations that came out of the meeting are summarized below: • Revisit 1998 End Land Use Committee Report. • Re-institute the Development and Reclamation Review Committee as a tool to get better integration of government agency approaches and issues. • Develop a vehicle for sharing information on ELC e.g., an ELC Blog. • Get more reclamation certificate applications in to test the system. • Poll the public about reclamation expectations and land use options. Additional ideas were submitted after the meeting: • Develop a flow chart that shows and explains the different reclamation stages: Define end use goals; Establish baseline inventories and long term monitoring plots; Reclamation planning; Reclamation implementation; Reclamation monitoring; and, Certification assessment. • Provide an example of an ELC through the various stages to show its change as it is proposed by a proponent after stakeholder involvement, negotiated, and then approved by government. • Define what other measurement tools there are – indicating where they are appropriate would help.

Date created: 2011-06-10

DOI: doi:10.7939-R3X05XF7H

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Author: Oil Sands Research and Information Network

Source: https://era.library.ualberta.ca/


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Equivalent Land Capability Workshop Summary Notes Oil Sands Research and Information Network University of Alberta June 2011 Oil Sands Research and Information Network OSRIN is a university-based, independent organization that compiles, interprets and analyses available information about returning landscapes and water impacted by oil sands mining to a natural state and provides knowledge to those who can use it to drive breakthrough improvements in reclamation regulations and practices.
OSRIN is a project of the University of Alberta‟s School of Energy and the Environment (SEE).
OSRIN was launched with a start-up grant of $4.5 million from Alberta Environment and a $250,000 grant from the Canada School of Energy and Environment Ltd. OSRIN provides:  Governments with the independent, objective, credible information and analysis required to put appropriate regulatory and policy frameworks in place  Media, opinion leaders and the general public with the facts about oil sands development, its environmental and social impacts, and landscape-water reclamation activities – so that public dialogue and policy is informed by solid evidence  Industry with ready access to an integrated view of research that will help them make and execute reclamation plans – a view that crosses disciplines and organizational boundaries OSRIN recognizes that much research has been done in these areas by a variety of players over 40 years of oil sands development.
OSRIN synthesizes this collective knowledge and presents it in a form that allows others to use it to solve pressing problems.
Where we identify knowledge gaps, we seek research partners to help fill them. Citation This report may be cited as: Oil Sands Research and Information Network, 2011.
Equivalent Land Capability Workshop Summary Notes.
Oil Sands Research and Information Network, University of Alberta, School of Energy and the Environment, Edmonton, Alberta.
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