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Syncrude fall maintenance work may increase potential for odours

Syncrude is aware of an increase in odours in the local region during the last week. We take odour concerns seriously and all reports are investigated.

Posted on October 8, 2021

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Syncrude readies for historic ‘retirement’ of dam

It’s a “retirement” nearly 10 years in the making after almost 40 years of service. And it marks a significant milestone for Syncrude and the oil sands industry.

Posted on October 1, 2021

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New technology tested to dredge bitumen from Base Mine Lake

From a mine pit to a tailings pond to an industry-first commercial demonstration of a pit lake, Base Mine Lake has gone through a series of changes over the years.

Posted on October 1, 2021

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The science beneath the surface of Base Mine Lake

To the untrained eye, Base Mine Lake looks like an unremarkable body of water with the sole oddity of having mechanical falcons and other noise-makers floating on buoys to deter waterfowl from landing on its surface.

Posted on October 1, 2021

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Reservoir untapped for 2021 due to limited storage capacity

Growing up in Saskatchewan, Dallas Heisler understood the importance of water from an early age.
“Water is prized given the prominence of farming where I grew up,” says Dallas, Syncrude’s Pit Lake Co-ordinator. “But we also recognize the value of water in the Wood Buffalo region. While agriculture isn’t a major industry here, the lakes, rivers and wetlands are very important. People want them to be protected. That’s no different than back home.”

Posted on August 31, 2021

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The beauty beneath the fen

The beauty of Sandhill Fen is more than skin deep. It goes deeper than the beauty of the plants and animals that thrive in its carefully designed wetland valleys and forested hills. It penetrates some 60 metres below the surface landscape, where a Syncrude-developed technology enabled the use of oil sands mine tailings to fill this former mine pit back up to grade. In fact, the Fen and its surrounding watershed is the oil sands industry’s first example of mine reclamation over a foundation of treated tailings.

Posted on July 8, 2021

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