Environment

The Department of Energy is committed to the rapid development of environmental solutions for oil sands projects, environmental statistics are available.

Mine operators are required to supply reclamation security bonds to ensure requirements are met. Reclamation certificates are not issued until monitoring through time demonstrates that these particular lands meet the criteria for return to self-sustaining ecosystems.

Alberta became the first jurisdiction in North America to legislate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions for large industrial facilities by passing the Specified Gas Emitters Regulationexternal link icon .

Alberta Environment and Parks has also developed a one-stop web portal to find detailed information on the environmental performance of Alberta’s oil sands facilitiesexternal link icon .

One of Alberta's Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects (CCS) is capturing CO2 from oil sands upgrading and transporting it 65 kilometres north for permanent storage approximately two kilometres below the earth's surface.