Tailings Regulatory Management (TRM)

Thank you for your interest in the Tailings Regulatory Management project. To view Directive 085 and associated engagement summaries please visit Directive 085 on aer.ca

To meet the objectives of the Tailings Management Framework (TMF) we are moving away from a year-to-year short-term focus to one of managing long-term challenges and issues associated with fluid tailings. Part of that move was suspending Directive 074: Tailings Performance Criteria and Requirements for Oil Sands Mining Schemes because it did not meet the long-term objectives of the TMF. We are now developing a new directive to help us meet the objectives of the TMF. It will represent an evolution in how industry, the regulator, and government will manage tailings by addressing both existing fluid tailings and new fluid tailings growth. The new directive will include project and regional performance reporting. As defined by the TMF, project-specific thresholds and regional reporting will be established, that outline volume, rate, and fines. The AER expects that oil sands mine operators will continue to proactively manage fluid tailings volumes while we finalize the new directive. Operators are also expected to follow all other regulatory and legislative requirements relating to oil sands mining tailings management.

New Requirements… A New Directive

Developing any new requirement is a process that takes a great deal of time, technical resources,and input from all stakeholders. The AER is using discussions with oil sands operators, First Nations and Métis groups, environmental nongovernmental organizations, affected municipalities, and multistakeholder community groups to gain insight into how the AER’s implementation of the Tailings Management Framework for Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF) may affect Albertans.

New Requirements… A New Directive

Developing any new requirement is a process that takes a great deal of time, technical resources,and input from all stakeholders. The AER is using discussions with oil sands operators, First Nations and Métis groups, environmental nongovernmental organizations, affected municipalities, and multistakeholder community groups to gain insight into how the AER’s implementation of the Tailings Management Framework for Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF) may affect Albertans.

Thank you for your interest in the Tailings Regulatory Management project. To view Directive 085 and associated engagement summaries please visit Directive 085 on aer.ca

  • Alberta's Tailings Management Framework

    about 2 years ago

    On March 13, 2015 the Government of Alberta’s released the Tailings Management Framework for Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF). As a result, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) suspended Directive 074: Tailings Performance Criteria and Requirements for Oil Sands Mining Schemes to develop new requirements for tailings management, including a new directive. <read more>

    On March 13, 2015 the Government of Alberta’s released the Tailings Management Framework for Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF). As a result, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) suspended Directive 074: Tailings Performance Criteria and Requirements for Oil Sands Mining Schemes to develop new requirements for tailings management, including a new directive. <read more>

  • What are Oil Sands?

    about 2 years ago

    With recoverable reserves of about 27 billion cubic metres (m3) (about 168 billion barrels [bbls]) of bitumen, a thick and heavy form of oil, Alberta’s oil sands are among the largest deposits of crude oil in the world.

    As forecasted production rises to over 641 thousand m3 (4 million bbls) per day by 2024, the Alberta oil sands must be developed with strong, science-based regulation, today and over the long term. <read more>

    With recoverable reserves of about 27 billion cubic metres (m3) (about 168 billion barrels [bbls]) of bitumen, a thick and heavy form of oil, Alberta’s oil sands are among the largest deposits of crude oil in the world.

    As forecasted production rises to over 641 thousand m3 (4 million bbls) per day by 2024, the Alberta oil sands must be developed with strong, science-based regulation, today and over the long term. <read more>

  • What are Tailings and Why are they Needed?

    about 2 years ago

    Tailings are a by-product of the process used to extract bitumen from mined oil sands and consist of water, silt, sand, clay and residual bitumen.

    When a mine begins operation, tailings are deposited into above ground man-made structures called tailings ponds. Once a mined-out pit becomes available, tailings are stored there. <read more>

    Tailings are a by-product of the process used to extract bitumen from mined oil sands and consist of water, silt, sand, clay and residual bitumen.

    When a mine begins operation, tailings are deposited into above ground man-made structures called tailings ponds. Once a mined-out pit becomes available, tailings are stored there. <read more>