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More Ducks Land on Oil Sands Leases – News Sources You Should Follow

Well, the investigations are under way and the information is slowly making it’s way out about landings by waterfowl on multiple oil sands sites.

News sources to follow while this story continues to evolve are:

And while not a link to a news source, here is a link to the Federal Migratory Bird Act (if you were interested).

From a communications perspective, it’s going to be interesting to see how industry, government, non-government and the public react.

From a political/policy/regulations perspective, it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out.

From my own personal point of view, this sucks.


Did I miss some news sources you think should be on the list? Let me know, post a comment below or grab me on Twitter at @myoilsands

Who Should be Tweeting About #YMM and the #OilSands

Timberlea Community

courtesy of Gord McKenna

Thanks to those on Twitter for their suggestions as to “Who Should be Tweeting About #YMM and #OilSands“. 13 people or organizations have been identified, including Mayor Melissa Blake, Suncor CEO Rick George and the RCMP, though I’m sure there are a few more floating out there.

This post has been broken down into three areas: Regional, Industry & Could Be Better – find the full list after the jump.

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Suncor Close to “Significant Breakthroughs” Regarding Environmental Impacts

Suncor logo, property of Suncor Energy Inc.

property of Suncor Energy Inc.

The Edmonton Journal reported on April 30th that Suncor is not only investing more than a billion dollars (yes, that’s $1,000,000,000.00 +) to address environmental impacts, but that CEO Rick George is looking for “constructive dialogue on greening our economy and the energy that fuels it.”

“One of Canada’s top oil and gas companies says it’s on the verge of significant breakthroughs in addressing environmental concerns at its oilsands operations, but is calling for a serious conversation about the country’s energy strategy.” Read the full article @ the Edmonton Journal

Suncor has been working on a new tailings strategy – Tailings Reduction Operations (TRO). All signs point towards this technology playing a large part of Suncor’s plans to “significantly reduce the need for ponds to store mine tailings.” [source]

From Suncor’s Tailings Management section:

“Suncor recognizes the importance of addressing the tailings challenge associated with the development of oil sands mines. Oil sands mines produce tailings — left over material produced during the extraction process that separates bitumen from the oil sand. We have developed a new tailings technology called Tailings Reduction Operations (TRO) that’s a significant advance in tailings management and reclamation. We believe TRO will help us meet provincial regulatory requirements and, just as importantly, the changing expectations of our stakeholders.”

What are your thoughts on the matter?