Fate and transport of oil sand process-affected water into the underlying clay till: a field study.

  title={Fate and transport of oil sand process-affected water into the underlying clay till: a field study.},
  author={Mostafa Abolfazlzadehdoshanbehbazari and S. Jean Birks and Michael Moncur and Ania Ulrich},
  journal={Journal of contaminant hydrology},
The South Tailings Pond (STP) is a ~2300-ha tailing pond operated by Suncor Energy Inc. that has received oil sand process-affected (PA) water and mature fine tailings since 2006. The STP is underlain by a clay till, which is in turn underlain by the Wood Creek Sand Channel (WCSC). The sandy deposits of the WCSC provide greater geotechnical stability but could act as a potential flow pathway for PA water to migrate off site and into the Athabasca River. Preliminary modeling of the STP suggests… CONTINUE READING
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