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About the Oil Sands

Located in Western Canada, Alberta is a province rich with a beautiful environment, abundant natural resources, a strong economy and a stable political system. Oil sands are located in three major areas in northeast Alberta underlying 140,200 square kilometres.

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About the Region

About the Region

Located in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Fort McMurray is a thriving and vibrant community nestled in the boreal forest at the confluence of the Clearwater and Athabasca rivers. Read more
Development

Development

The Alberta government is ensuring that development in the oil sands region is done in a responsible manner, through regulations, plans, and frameworks.  Read more
About the Resource

About the Resource

Alberta has proven oil reserves of 171.3 billion barrels -- the third-largest proven crude oil reserve in the world, and enough oil to meet Canada’s current oil demand for almost 400 years. Read more
Economic Benefits

Economic Benefits

The Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) estimates capital investment at $218 billion over the next 25 years. What does this mean for Albertans? Canadians? Read more
How Oil is Used

How Oil is Used

There are thousands of products made using oil -- global energy demand forecasts it will increase by 40 per cent by 2030.  Read more
Pipeline Information

Pipeline Information

Pipelines operate all day, every day with the help of powerful pumps, additives that move the oil with less resistance, and the laws of physics. Find out what makes pipelines the safest method to transport petroleum products-and how they're getting safer all the time.
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Partnerships & Industry Links

Partnerships & Industry Links

We work with others to reduce environmental impacts of energy development. This includes post-secondary institutions, industry and funding organizations.  Read more

Environmental impact

The Oil Sands Information Portal is a new, one-window, source about the environmental impacts of oil sands development. It includes an interactive map and downloadable datasets.