Tailings are a mixture of water, sand, clay and residual bitumen, and are the by-product of the hot water treatment process used to separate the oil from sand and clay in oil sands mining operations.
Water is not only a resource, it is essential to life. We all share the responsibility to ensure a healthy, secure and sustainable water supply for our communities, environment, and economy – our quality of life depends on it.
Water Quality and Monitoring
Both mining and in situ oil sands operations are carefully managed to avoid affecting the quality of surface water (rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and other fresh water sources) and groundwater.