2015 continues to provide challenging conditions for the entire oil sector, including our oil sands members. As low oil prices continue to squeeze margins and companies adapt to market conditions, many people are asking, “How does this current economic climate affect COSIA’s relevance?”
Issue 04 - March 2015
In this issue
- Is COSIA more or less relevant in today's economic environment?
- Tailings Environmental Priority Area Update
- Water Environmental Priority Area Update
- Land Environmental Priority Area Update
- GHG Environmental Priority Area Update
- Monitoring Priority Area Update
- COSIA Challenges
- Christine Daly is proud to be involved in projects like fen reclamation for Suncor and COSIA
Jonathan Matthews, Director, Tailings Environmental Priority Area (EPA), discusses the importance of sharing best practices when it comes to tailings management. In this issue’s Tailings case study, Canadian Natural Resources Limited is working with the Saskatchewan Research Council on developing a reliable model for designing pipelines to transport thickened tailings in a laminar flow.
John Brogly, Director, Water Environmental Priority Area (EPA), discusses what lies ahead for 2015, now that the EPA has its first Performance Goal. In this issue’s Water case study, Suncor is testing new water treatment technologies at their MacKay River steam assisted gravity drainage facility to improve the reliability and efficiency of in situ water treatment operations, in an effort to reduce water usage and GHG emissions.
Jenna Dunlop, Director, Land Environmental Priority Area (EPA), discusses her key priorities for the Land EPA in 2015. In this issue’s Land case study, Suncor has constructed a 2.9 hectare fen and is now evaluating the success of that project, in order to improve industry’s ability to reclaim the most common wetland type in the oil sands region.
Wayne Hillier, Director, Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Environmental Priority Area (EPA), discusses the key milestones the EPA reached in 2014 as well as what’s in store for 2015. In this issue’s GHG case study, Cenovus explores the use of Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells to capture carbon dioxide from natural gas-fired processing units while generating electricity.
Kelly Munkittrick, Director, Monitoring Priority Area, discusses how Monitoring is working to reduce overlap and increase alignment across activities and programs to increase the efficiency of monitoring in the oil sands region.
Peter Beaudoin, COSIA’s Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive talks about a new tool COSIA has developed to mobilize the minds and resources of external stakeholders and global solutions providers and to help them understand specific technology needs within each environmental priority area.
Christine Daly knew from a young age that she would have a career either working with animals or in environmental protection. Growing up on a tomato farm in Ontario, she felt a connection to the environment that led her to pursue a bachelor of environmental science, followed by a master’s in biological sciences, with a focus on aquatic ecology, from the University of Windsor.
COSIA and its member companies host and participate in a number of events each year, including COSIA’s own Innovation Summit, Clay Workshop and Conference, and Land Workshop, as well as GE’s ecomagination Challenge winners’ announcement.