Professor, Department of Environmental Science/Earth Science, Faculty of Science
Project: Effects of Heating on Contaminant Release in Aquifers Affected by Oil Sands Operations
In situ extraction from deep oil sands reservoirs involves the injection of steam to reduce the viscosity of the bitumen and facilitate pumping. An unintended consequence of steam injection is the heating of aquifers that and are penetrated by the steam wells, potentially releasing contaminants. This project will investigate the mechanisms of contaminant release and attenuation in an effort to inform industry and government and lead to appropriate mitigation strategies and regulation.