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Environment Technology

Experiencing Alberta’s Oily Underbelly

A tour through the oil sands reveals that Alberta’s black core is mining gold

While energy extraction occurs all over Alberta, our oil and gas industry’s heartland is within our province’s thick, boreal forests.

The Father of Oil Sands Extraction

Dr. Karl Clark’s patent proved vital to Alberta’s energy future

The year was 1929, and as the world entered the Great Depression, a chemist from Ontario was busy pursuing a patent for a game-changing oil sands technology. Although Dr. Karl Clark merely suspected… Read more

Inspection, Detection, Protection

Companies have several options to detect and respond to a pipeline release

Most pipeline leaks that occur in Alberta are small.

Watching for Mountainous Movements

AGS monitors mountain 116 years after deadly rockslide

The Tortoise and the Hare, a fable of slow and steady work, is something the Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) can relate to when it comes to Turtle Mountain—a mountain in Alberta's Crowsnest Pass that… Read more

The Data Deep-Dive

The AER launches a report that gets to the heart of Alberta’s geological plays

When it comes to data, our reserves are deep—but the earth’s oil and gas reserves are even deeper. To help Albertans get a glimpse at what’s going on under the surface, the Alberta Energy Regulator (… Read more

Freeing Up the Pipeline Freeway

New technology could save Alberta’s oil sands industry both money and time

Energy companies in Alberta face no shortage of challenges when it comes to moving oil and gas. One of them is the shipping of the thick, molasses-like resource known as bitumen out of our landlocked… Read more

A Sponge-Worthy Oil Spill

University-developed “super sponge” can sop up spilled oil for reuse later

Be it a pipeline, railcar, or tanker, the means of moving oil to market come with risks that a spill could happen. There are many technologies available to clean up spills, but not to salvage the oil… Read more

Shaking Things Up In Fox Creek

A new seismic monitoring station in Fox Creek helps experts monitor earthquakes more closely.

Just the thought of an earthquake leaves many Albertans quivering in their boots. It’s even harder to shake the thought if you’re a resident of Fox Creek, a small, earthquake-prone town nestled in… Read more

The Power of Water

Waterjet technology helps make well abandonments quicker, cheaper

Saving time? Yep. Saving money? Of course. Reducing the environmental impact? Absolutely. It's quite exciting when a technology checks all three of those boxes, especially when the business end of… Read more

Taking Geology to New Dimensions

AGS’s 3D geological models help evaluate Alberta’s oil and gas resources

Geological work is much more than geoscientists wielding their rock hammers for the purpose of academic study. As the Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) demonstrates, it’s also about using the latest… Read more

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