Over the last decade, rapid expansion of the oil sands industry has led to unprecedented growth in Alberta. During this
time, oil sands production quadrupled to reach more than one million barrels per day, with continued growth anticipated
to reach three million barrels per day by 2015.
Radke Report and Management of Oil Sands Development
The oil sands boom has placed increasing pressures and strain on the province. In 2006, under the direction of Cabinet,
the Oil Sands Ministerial Strategy Committee commissioned the report Investing in our Future: Responding to the Rapid
Growth of Oil Sands Development. Known as the Radke Report, this document provides recommendations to better manage
oil sands development.
The Radke Report recommended a number of improvements to infrastructure, health care and transportation in the oil sands
areas. The report also looked into the environmental and resource management consequences of oil sands growth. It found
that department needed more resources to meet the increasing
pressures and demands. In the spring of 2007, the Government of Alberta responded, and the department created new departmental
sectors to meet the needs of oil sands environmental management.
Oil Sands Maps
To access maps of Alberta Oil Sands projects, vist Alberta Energy’s website at:
AEP Oil Sands Branch
The Oil Sands Branch of the department manages departmental participation in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and coordinated
approvals processes, in accordance with the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
The department's involvement in these processes focuses on public land and provincial resources such as forests, fish and wildlife.
The Oil Sands Branch is also engaged in:
- Biodiversity and reclamation planning projects for oil sands areas
- Cumulative effects projects for all oil sands areas
- Oil sands monitoring and compliance initiatives
Enhanced Approval Process
The department is working with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) to transform the approval system for upstream
oil and gas dispositions for all activities excluding in-situ and oil sand mines operations. For further information, see:
Updated: Aug 26, 2015