Alberta Oil Sands, Volume 11

1st Edition

Energy, Industry and the Environment

Series Volume Editors: Kevin Percy
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080977607
eBook ISBN: 9780080977676
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 26th October 2012
Page Count: 528
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Table of Contents

Developments in Environmental Science





Introduction to the Book Series

Chapter 1. Energy Production: A Global Perspective

1.1 The Situation

1.2 Some Remedies

1.3 Summary


Chapter 2. Energy Developments in Canada’s Oil Sands

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Early Days

2.3 Opportunities and Challenges

2.4 The Path Forward


Chapter 3. Energy and Environment: Toward Achieving the Balance in Alberta

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

3.3 Water Management

3.4 Land Use and Waste Management

3.5 Summary


Chapter 4. Air Quality in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region 2011

4.1 The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network

4.2 Major Emission Sources in the Athabasca Oil Sands

4.3 Continuously Monitored Air Pollutants

4.4 Time-Integrated Measurements

4.5 2011 Air Quality Health Index Values

4.6 Trends and Other Regions

4.7 Summary



Chapter 5. Development and Application of Statistical Approaches for Reducing Uncertainty in Ambient Air Quality Data

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Recent Attempts Related to Uncertainty

5.3 ISO Measurement Uncertainty Estimation Methodology

5.4 Alternative Approach to Uncertainty Using the Weibull Distribution

5.5 MCMs for Uncertainty Estimation

5.6 Estimation of Uncertainty in WBEA Measurements

5.7 Conclusions



Chapter 6. Co-measurement of Volatile Organic and Sulfur Compounds in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region by Dual Detector Pneumatic Focusing Gas Chromatography

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Background Review



At 170 billion barrels, Canada's Oil Sands are the third largest reserves of developable oil in the world. The Oil Sands now produce about 1.6 million barrels per day, with production expected to double by 2025 to about 3.7 million barrels per day. The Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR) in northeastern Alberta is the largest of the three oil sands deposits. Bitumen in the oil sands is recovered through one of two primary methods – mining and drilling. About 20 per cent of the reserves are close to the surface and can be mined using large shovels and trucks. Of concern are the effects of the industrial development on the environment. Both human-made and natural sources emit oxides of sulphur and nitrogen, trace elements and persistent organic compounds. Of additional concern are ground level ozone and greenhouse gases.

Because of the requirement on operators to comply with the air quality regulatory policies, and to address public concerns, the not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) has since 1997 been closely monitoring air quality in AOSR. In 2008, WBEA assembled a distinguished group of international scientists who have been conducting measurements and practical research on various aspects of air emissions and their potential effects on terrestrial receptors. This book is a synthesis of the concepts and results of those on-going studies. It contains 19 chapters ranging from a global perspective of energy production, measurement methodologies and behavior of various air pollutants during fossil fuel production in a boreal forest ecosystem, towards designing and deploying a multi-disciplinary, proactive, and long-term environmental monitoring system that will also meet regulatory expectations.

Key Features

  • Covers measurement of emissions from very large industrial sources in a region with huge international media profile
  • Validation of measurement technologies can be applied globally
  • The new approaches to ecological monitoring described can be applied in other forested regions


Environmental scientists, ecologists, forest effects investigators, academic researchers and teachers, air quality regulators, policy administrators and industry managers


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"This volume contains papers presented at an eponymous international symposium held in conjunction with the 43rd International Air Pollution Workshop (May 2011), in Alberta, Canada. These papers, along with other included material, come from projects undertaken by the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA), which has, since 2008, undertaken intense study of environmental monitoring activities." --Reference and Research Book News, October 2013

About the Series Volume Editors

Kevin Percy Series Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Wood Buffalo Environmental Association, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada