2016 Soil and Groundwater Forum


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Our diverse technical program will offer updates on current Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund (AUPRF) projects and emerging environmental regulations pertaining to the assessment, remediation and reclamation of Upstream Oil and Gas assets at the end of its live cycle.

The Forum has broad participation from many sectors and facilitates multidisciplinary collaboration. It promotes knowledge sharing and exchange of success stories/challenges faced by industry, government, regulators and researchers.

This is an excellent platform to learn about knowledge gaps and regulatory drivers that are being addressed through the AUPRF Program. The learnings and outcomes of AUPRF projects translate in significant benefit to industry, government and the public. PTAC offers a multi-stakeholder approach through the AUPRF program and:

  • Supports collaboration with AESRD/AER and Industry to implement smart change,
  • Demonstrates due diligence based on risk & science,
  • Influences guideline development and creating best practices,
  • Addresses future risks based on science, e.g. potential future guideline changes, and
  • Reduces environmental costs for the broader Upstream Industry

Recent AUPRF projects supported the development of science based guidelines, such as Barite Guidelines (Broad), Modified Salinity Guidelines (SST), Modified PHC Management Limits (Public Lands) and Boron Guidelines (Pending).

This forum will be of interest to oil and gas industry stakeholders who would like to learn more about emerging environmental issues and advances in soil and groundwater remediation research.


8:00 AM Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 AM Welcome and Introduction Soheil Asgarpour PTAC
8:45 AM  Soil and Groundwater Research Committee Update Ole Mrklas ConocoPhillips Canada
9:00 AM Keynote TBC
9:30 AM  Alberta Environment and Parks Regulatory Updates Gordon Dinwoodie Alberta Environment and Parks
10:00 AM Break
10:20 AM  Background Metals Database Miles Tindal Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd.
10:45 AM  Development of Updated Soil Quality Guidelines for Molybdenum Cobalt Beryllium and Antimony Ian Mitchell Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd
11:10 AM  SST V3.0 – Integrated Subsoil Chloride and Sodium/SAR Gregory Huber and Anthony Knafla Equilibrium Environmental
11:35 AM  Selenium Soil Toxicity Testing Results Update and Next Steps Jay Woosaree AITF and Anthony Knafla Equilibrium Environmental Inc.
12:00 PM Technology Spotlight
12:05 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Technology Spotlight
1:05 PM  FWAL – Toxicity Testing Results Update and Next Steps Anthony Knafla and Ian McIvor Equilibrium Environmental Inc.
1:30 PM  Field Validations of the F2:F3b Ratio and BOC-adjusted PHC F3 Calculation for Resolving False Detections of Crude Oil and Diesel Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Clean Soils Francine Kelly-Hooper CH2M HILL
1:55 PM  An Alternate Closure Protocol for Salt-Affected Wellsites on Native Grassland – Phase 1 the Eco-Contact Pathway Miles Tindal Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd.
2:20 PM Technology Spotlight
2:25 PM  Break
2:45 PM Technology Spotlight
2:50 PM A Risk-based Approach to Understand and Appropriately Manage Methane and Its Effects in Soils Kirk Osadetz CMC Research Institutes Inc.
3:15 PM  Final Alberta Boron Tier 1 Guideline Gregory Huber Equilibrium Environmental


Pre-Event (Noon on Apr 20) At Event
PTAC Member $95.00 $95.00
Non-Member $695.00 $695.00
NGO $295.00 $295.00
Student $75.00 $75.00

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