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---“Given these unusual circumstances, the AER will reconsider the applications.”--------Nina Lothian, a senior analyst at the clean-energy think-tank Pembina Institute, said details about Suncor’s technology only address a small part of what was lacking in the company’s plan. “It’s concerning that the AER reneged on their initial denial based on this one additional piece of information,” she said.

AER reverses initial denial but who cares? The oil monarchs are simply engaging in the usual fictive episodes of punishment by the AER and reversal by the same entity.
The public is largely unaware and indifferent. Most of all the captured political parties stand by as complicit bystanders as the public is entertained by the ongoing episodes in the soap opera operated by TV Big Oil.
Really it is simply impossible in Alberta. Does no one say what rot this is except me?
Why do we have tailings ponds for fifty years?
It's because our political parties are captive entities.
It's because the oil and gas companies are the real government of Alberta folks.
It's because the AER is the front office of big oil.
It's because some of us are naive and believe the rot.
It's because some of us are benefiting from this rot.
It's because some of us are afraid to speak out against the oil monarchs.
It's because we're in a bad soap opera that won't end in Alberta because the people of Alberta won't kick butt.
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artilo: Armen Gasparian:

May 2017 the AER reverses its decision on Suncor that was all negative in March 2017.
Apparently the reason the AER is now going to let Suncor go ahead with the Millennium mine---- is because of one tiny detail that was omitted in the initial proposal for tailings pond management in March 2017.
The regulator now says it was not aware at the time of technology Suncor plans to use and it should be considered in an assessment.
The method involves using flocculants and coagulants to separate particles from water and to firm them up before placing them at the bottom of a mined-out pit.
The pit is then filled with fresh water and made into a lake that can support an aquatic ecosystem and recreation. Suncor aims to keep harmful chemicals trapped beneath the lake bottom for good.
“At the time the applications were filed, our evaluation of that process was still in development, so we couldn’t describe the process in great detail in terms of how it would work,” said company spokeswoman Sneh Seetal.
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Hmm.. this seems odd. Do you mean to tell me that the scientists at Suncor didn't tell the scientists at the AER that they would be using flocculants and coagulants to make sure that the toxic junk in the tailings pond would adhere to each other and then end up at the bottom of a lake that will be created to hide the untidy mess?
Do you mean to tell me that the creation of a lake of toxic compounds is fine so long as we don't see it?
What the heck?
But this is Alberta where for fifty years we have the pretense of tailings pond reclamation by scientists who would have been better employed trying to find a cure for cancer instead of wasting money on this venture that won't be working. What will happen is that the polluters will keep up the fictive episodes involving the AER (which is the real government in Alberta) and we will all watch the show as it progresses to the end where we are left with the moonscape and the polluters --considerably enriched thanks to the political parties who have no balls---will go off into the sunset.
This is what happens when the GOA folks are complicit with the AER and the AER is the front office of big oil. DeMockracy at its finest soap opera version.

The AER denied the company’s applications in March, saying they did not satisfy requirements
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The serendipity of two minds working on one problem. Here I was amazed at the baloney we have provided to us courtesy of the AER with reference to the tailings ponds and wondering when we will have a reversal of the fake AER refusal of the tailings pond plan of Suncor and in the next e-mail from Stewart Shields I find out that the reversal has already happened!

It's like the AER is a soap opera show  that times the episodes of punishment and reversal of punishment just when Stewart and I are working on the same problem.

Very neat.  Of course this does still mean we are listening to a great many poorly written soap opera episodes but this is TV Big Oil and so you can see the dearth of good writers in these episodes.


From: Stewart Shields
Date: Sat, May 27, 2017 at 10:10 AM
Subject: Cruising for A Brusing !!
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I have always felt that the OWF was but a test run for what is to take place with the bitumen tailing lakes!! Something took place between March and now to have the AER renege on their original denial with such a weak excuse?  With the AER rules suggesting tailing lakes be ready to reclaim 10 years after the end of the mines-life
--makes our public very very nervous when we consider what has taken place with Orphan Wells with much of industry still active and engaged in energy development in Alberta!! Looking at the record of hard rock metal mining and their maintenance and reclamation of tailing ponds---one can’t help but shutter at what is taking place to prevent a much much bigger boondoggle than we even have with Idle petroleum wells??  Bitumen production should be immediately removed from AER’s oversight and placed with a totally new regulating entity far more capable and far more interested in the public good, and stationed in Edmonton directly under the supervision of the Provincial government! This new entity would have to be a true public body -with it’s salary paid directly by the Alberta public—and told to rule without question in the Alberta public’s best interest!!
With cost and water-work equal to The Saint Lawrence Sea Way—Alberta cannot have another fluke like the idle well boondoggle !!
Stewart Shields

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Alberta Energy Regulator to reconsider Suncor tailings plan it rejected

Published on: May 25, 2017 | Last Updated: May 25, 2017 4:11 PM MDT



An aerial view of Suncor's tailings pond 5 at their oilsands mining and upgrading facility north of Fort McMurray. 
An aerial view of Suncor's tailings pond 5 at their oilsands mining and upgrading facility north of Fort McMurray. Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

Alberta’s energy watchdog has agreed to reconsider a plan by Suncor Energy to clean up its tailings ponds so as to take into account new technology the oilsands giant plans to use.
The Alberta Energy Regulator in March denied the Calgary-based company’s plan for its Millennium mine. But the regulator said in a letter to a Suncor vice-president this week that it has reviewed the company’s request for reconsideration and decided that it would be appropriate in this case.
Tailings ponds contain waste resulting from oilsands extraction and contain water, fine clay particles, residual bitumen and other chemicals. Alberta Energy estimates oilsands mining projects had created about 220 square kilometres of tailings ponds by the end of 2013.
Suncor had proposed to treat 75 per cent of its Millennium mine’s tailings by clumping fine particles together and covering that material with fresh water.
In its rejection of the plan, the energy regulator called water-capping an unproven method and said more information was needed about its risks, benefits, alternatives and reclamation timelines.
The regulator now says it was not aware at the time of technology Suncor plans to use and it should be considered in an assessment.
The method involves using flocculants and coagulants to separate particles from water and to firm them up before placing them at the bottom of a mined-out pit.
The pit is then filled with fresh water and made into a lake that can support an aquatic ecosystem and recreation. Suncor aims to keep harmful chemicals trapped beneath the lake bottom for good.
“At the time the applications were filed, our evaluation of that process was still in development, so we couldn’t describe the process in great detail in terms of how it would work,” said company spokeswoman Sneh Seetal.
The regulator said it accepts Suncor’s explanation for why it couldn’t share details prior to getting a patent.
“The AER would ask that Suncor inform the AER of any such restrictions and potential delays so as to avoid this situation in future,” the letter reads.
“Given these unusual circumstances, the AER will reconsider the applications.”
The energy regulator introduced new rules last summer that require companies to have tailings ponds ready to reclaim within 10 years of the end of a mine’s life. Those rules replaced more stringent tailings pond regulations put in place in 2009 that the industry said it couldn’t meet.
Nina Lothian, a senior analyst at the clean-energy think-tank Pembina Institute, said details about Suncor’s technology only address a small part of what was lacking in the company’s plan.
“It’s concerning that the AER reneged on their initial denial based on this one additional piece of information,” she said.
“The issues that were raised on the Suncor plan are actually endemic of all the tailings management plans that have been submitted by industry.”
Tim Gray, executive director of Environmental Defence, said oilsands operators are proposing to use water-capping because it’s a relatively inexpensive way to deal with tailings.
“You just put more water on top of them and walk away and hope nature fixes it, but of course we don’t have any evidence to show that works,” he said.
“We’re creating this huge future environmental and financial liability for the Alberta and the Canadian taxpayer based on unproven technology.”


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