2019 CLRA Alberta Chapter AGM & Conference Presentations & Proceedings


Speaker Resources

In order of appearance in the 2019 Program, presentations are linked to approved resources only, please refer to the program for more information on all sessions and to view speaker biographies.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Plenary Sessions: 08:00 – 9:45

Exhibition Hall

Area-Based Closure – Learnings from an Early Adopter

Weed Control in the Green Area: Using Empirical Evidence to Question Current Practices

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Urban Background Values and Soil Re-Use on a Municipal Capital Project

Concurrent Sessions: 10:30 – 12:00


Reclamation of a Former Oil and Gas Refinery Applying Non-Traditional Methods

Reclamation with Rare Plants: It’s Possible and Happening

Reclamation and Beneficial Use of Phosphogypsum Stacks in Alberta


Innovating Our Way to Closure: Technology-Based Solutions

Site-Specific Liability for Complex Upstream Oil and Gas Contaminated Facilities in Saskatchewan

Optimized Approach for Minimizing Oil a Reclamation Liability Costs


Road Salt Forensics: Using Cl-/Br- Ratios and Other Indicators to Assess and Differentiate Road Salt and Other Impacts in Groundwater

Two-Step Reclamation of a Polluted Site with Surfactant and ISCO Treatment: Field Case Study North-West Italy

Myth: You Can’t Get Closure Using Site-Specific Risk Assessment


Initial Spill Response: A Biologist’s Perspective

Watercourse Crossing Restoration Prioritization at the Landscape Level

Wildlife Usage Indicates Increased Similarity between Reclaimed Upland Habitat and Mature Boreal Forest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region of Alberta, Canada


Is the Native Plant Story “Fake News”? Lessons Learned Compiling the Inventory of Native Species Seed Mixes in Alberta

Quantifying Natural Recovery in Forested Areas: Reclamation Mitigation Success on Pipelines

A Skeptics Guide to Sorting Through Erosion Control Specifications

Plenary Sessions: 13:00 – 14:30

Exhibition Hall

Lyme Disease: The Myths and Facts: A Personal Journey

Effects of Atmospheric Sulfur and Nitrogen Deposition on Soil Properties and Foliar Nutrient Concentration in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region

Evaluation of Upland Forest Vegetation Growth Performance of Land Reclamation at Syncrude Canada Ltd. Oil Sands Mine Operations

Pilot Mentorship Program – ECO Canada

Concurrent Sessions: 15:00 – 16:30


Combined Effects of Climate Change and Reclamation on Future Forest Vegetation in the Mineable Alberta Oil Sands

Evaluating Innovative Techniques and Products to Enhance Reclamation Success

Reclaiming a Former Airstrip to Wetland Status: A Case Study


Floating Island Selenium Bioremediation of Mining Waste: Bench and Field Trials

Critical Evaluation of Drilling Waste Compliance Option Triggers: How Do They Correlate to Phase 2 ESA Results?

Biosparge Pilot System for Aerobic Degradation of Sulfolane


Alternative Salinity Evaluation; Description and Benefits of an Additional Line of Evidence Accepted by the BC Oil and Gas Commission

EM31 and OhmMapper Surveys, Calibrated with Physical Analytical Soil Data, to Create Impacted Soil Volume Estimates Before Remediation - A Case Study in Achieving Site Closure

The Good, the Bad, and the Salty: A Collaboration of Technologies for Site Remediation in Naturally Occurring Saline Areas


Analytical Chemistry in the Commercial Laboratory – Keeping Up

Soil Contamination Sampling Intensity: Determining Accuracy and Confidence using a Monte Carlo Simulation

Accessible Management and Analysis of Problematic Data in R: It's Easier Than You Think


So You Want To Be An Environmental Scientist? No Fake News Here – Connecting Your Classroom Studies to The Oil and Gas Industry

Can Small Sensors and Citizen Science be Trusted as Real Science?

All Sites with High Hydrocarbon Levels are Contaminated. Myth or Fake News?

CLRA Social 17:00 – 18:30

Exhibition Hall

Industry Banquet and Awards 18:30 – 22:30

Exhibition Hall

Why Western Sky?

Student Award Recipients

Graduate Student Award Recipients

CLRA Award Recipients

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Plenary Sessions: 08:30 – 12:30

Exhibition Hall

CLRA National Updates

Overview of the Conservation and Reclamation Directive for Renewable Energy Operations

BC OGC Regulatory Update

Stop the Spread: Alberta’s Decontamination Protocol for the Containment of Whirling Disease and Aquatic Species

Update from the Orphan Well Association

Alberta’s Revised Remediation Regulation

Partial Reclamation Certificates and Site Reductions

Lunch & AGM: 12:30 – 13:20

Exhibition Hall

Alberta Chapter Annual General Meeting

Plenary Sessions: 13:20 – 15:30

Exhibition Hall

Defining and Quantifying the Ecological Restoration Economy

Liability Management: Challenges and a Path Forward

Area-Based Closure

AER Record of Site Condition

Closing Remarks and Door Prizes