EDMONTON, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - Canadian Natural Resources, Imperial Oil,
Shell Canada, Suncor Energy, Syncrude Canada Ltd., Teck Resources and
Total E&P Canada announced today that they plan to work together in a
unified effort to advance tailings management. The announcement
reflects the companies' commitments to socially and environmentally
responsible operations and responds to Alberta government policy to
effect the timely reclamation of tailings.
This will foster innovation and collaboration in research and
development relating to tailings.
"The issue is not whether we can manage tailings - the issue is whether
we can do it better," said John Broadhurst, Vice President of Shell's
Oil Sands Development, "We believe that this relationship is a key step
towards tailings solutions that will allow us to accelerate the pace of
reclamation using the most advanced environmental measures."
Each company has pledged to share its existing tailings research and
technology and to remove barriers to collaborating on future tailings
R&D. Bringing all of the companies' scientific expertise together
creates a strong foundation of resources that will lead to improvements
in tailings management. This milestone is supported by the Canada
Mining Innovation Council, an organization focused on the promotion and
implementation of mining-related research to meet the needs of Canada's
mining and minerals industries.
The companies have agreed to the following core principles to guide the
actions of the research collaboration:
Make tailings technical information more broadly available to the
industry members, academia, regulators and others interested in
collaborating on tailings solutions;
Collaborate on tailings-related research and development and technology
among companies as well as with research agencies;
Eliminate monetary and intellectual property barriers to the use of
knowledge and methods related to tailings technology and research and
Work to develop an appropriate framework so that tailings information is
organized, verified through peer review and kept current.
"This is a tremendously positive step for research into improved
technology for managing tailings. These companies are to be
congratulated for their foresight and willingness to work together in
this way," said Dr. David Lynch, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at
the University of Alberta, who hosted today's event.
Existing tailings research and development will form the base of
knowledge for the collaboration. Research objectives will be finalized
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