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Total Area of the Oil Sands Tailings Ponds over Time

Description

This item is a table and graph of the area of the Alberta oil sands mine tailings ponds from 1985 to 2016. (The Alberta in situ projects do not require tailings ponds.)

Note that some of the mines have not been active during this entire period.

The categories presented on this graph include:

1. Total Tailings Pond Water Area - This is also sometimes referred to as the wet tailings surface area.

2. Total Active Tailings Area (including all structures such as dikes, beaches, dedicated drying areas and the water area).

Note that the Total Active Tailings Area includes the Total Tailings Pond Water Area.


Details

Posted Date: Mar 4, 2015 Source:   All oil sands mine companies
Date Range: Dec 31, 1985 - Dec 31, 2016 Location:   Athabasca Oil Sands

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Usage Considerations

The data from all years except 2008 and 2009 are based on the reports of the oil sands mine operators annually to Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and to the Alberta Energy Regulator. The data from 2008 and 2009 are estimates.


Related Data Sets

Directive 074 Tailings Plans submitted by company and supplementary information for 2010 and 2011 >
Directive 074 Tailings Plans submitted by company and supplementary information for 2009 >

Further Resources

CEMA publications >
Phase 1 WMF for the LAR as well as links into the RAMP annual technical reports (RAMP) >
SOIL QUALITY CRITERIA RELATIVE TO DISTURBANCE AND RECLAMATION (Revised) >