Understanding and Mitigating Impacts of Unconventional Oil Production and Transport on Canada’s Aquatic Resources.

Session Organizer: Diane Orihel, Jules Blais
Date/Time: January 6, 8:30 – 10:30 
Location: Salon F

Summary Information

Canada’s oil sands constitute the third largest known oil reserve in the world: covering an area of 142,200 km2, these deposits contain an estimated 168 billion barrels of crude oil. The rapid expansion of oil sands development in northern Alberta over the last few decades has been one of the most publicized environmental issues in Canada. Government policies and regulations have struggled to keep pace with development, creating serious challenges in managing the environmental, social and economic impacts of this industry. In particular, serious concerns have grown over the potential adverse impacts of oil sands development on water quality and quantity. Furthermore, the transport of oil sands products, particularly diluted bitumen, by train or pipeline poses risks to aquatic ecosystems due to potential spills. In this special session, we invite presentations that will advance our understanding of the impacts of unconventional oil production and transport on freshwater ecosystems, as well as presentations that will discuss mitigation strategies to reduce these impacts.


8:30 - 8:50: *Cancelled* Naphthenic acids disrupt development and reproduction in frogs. 
Vance Trudeau1, Juan Gutierrez-Villagomez1, Wo Su Zhang1, Jules Blais1, Sarah Hughes2, Kerry Peru3, John Headley3, and Bruce Pauli3  

8:50 - 9:10: Assessing the effects of TiO2-treated oil sands wastewater exposure on developing fathead minnows.
Barry Madison4, Lauren Halliwell4, Jessie Reynolds4, Tim Leshuk5, Frank Gu5, Kerry Peru3, John Headley3, and Diane Orihel4

9:10 - 9:30: The BOREAL Project: Overview of an experimental oil spill to limnocorrals at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area.
Jules Blais1, Diane Orihel4, Jose Luis Rodríguez-Gil1, Bruce Hollebone3, Vince Palace6, and Mark Hanson7  

9:30 - 9:50: Diluted bitumen spills and the boreal freshwater ecosystem: a microcosm study.
Jeffrey Cederwall4, Jules Blais1, Charles Greer8, Mark Hanson7, Bruce Hollebone3, Christine Maynard8, Alice Ortmann9, Vince Palace6, Jose Luis Rodriguez Gil1, Rebecca Rooney5, Sawyer Stoyanovich1, and Diane Orihel4 

9:50 - 10:10: Behavioural responses to diluted bitumen in wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) tadpoles.
Caleb Hasler10, Daniel Denton10, Samuel Patterson4, Jules Blais1, Mark Hanson7, Jose Luis Rodriguez Gill1, Bruce Hollebone3, Vince Palace6, and Diane Orihel4 

10:10 - 10:30: The Freshwater Oil spill Remediation Study (FOReSt): Monitored natural attenuation of contained crude oil spills in a boreal lake at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area.
Lee Hrenchuk6, Lisa Peters7, Patrique Bulloch7, Jamie Dearnley7, Lauren Timlick7, Heather Dettman11, Charles Greer12, Tanya Shanoff13, Grant Wiseman13, Elliot Taylor14, Mark Hanson7, Gregg Tomy7, and Vince Palace6 

1 University of Ottawa
2 Shell Health – Americas
3 Environment and Climate Change Canada
4 Queen’s University
5 University of Waterloo
6 IISD Experimental Lakes Area
7 University of Manitoba
8 National Research Council Canada
9 Fisheries and Oceans Canada
10 University of Winnipeg
11 Natural Resources Canada
12 McGill University
13 Stantec Consultants Ltd
14 Polaris Applied Sciences