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Environ Sci Technol. 2012 Apr 3;46(7):3611-7. doi: 10.1021/es203682m. Epub 2012 Mar 13.

Land and water impacts of oil sands production in Alberta.

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  • Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, United States. sarahjordaan@gmail.com

Abstract

Expansion of oil sands development results not only in the release of greenhouse gas emissions, but also impacts land and water resources. Though less discussed internationally due to to their inherently local nature, land and water impacts can be severe. Research in key areas is needed to manage oil sands operations effectively; including improved monitoring of ground and surface water quality. The resulting information gap means that such impacts are not well understood. Improved analyses of oil sands products are required that compare land and water use with other transportation fuel pathways and use a regional perspective so local effects can be considered and mitigated.

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