The Department of Energy is committed to the rapid development of environmental
solutions for oil sands projects.
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.
The Oil Sands Information portalwith Environment and Parks offers an interactive map of oil sand impact information.
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.