Water

Mandate

The Water Innovation Planning Committee (WIPC):

  • Directs Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund (AUPRF) resources to projects that address water issues related to upstream oil and natural gas development, excluding oil sands development;
  • Defines and articulates key challenges for the energy sector across the water management spectrum, including water sourcing, storage, transport, treatment, recycling/reuse, and disposal;
  • Identifies shared research needs and promotes collaboration between industry, government, regulators and academia;
  • Solicits, reviews and selects project proposals, and provides technical oversight to successful projects; and
  • Promotes knowledge transfer within and outside of the energy sector.

Priority water issues include:

  • Safeguarding groundwater and surface water quantity;
  • Avoidance of groundwater and surface water contamination;
  • Enabling the use of alternative water sources to high-quality non-saline water;
  • Assembling a body of credible water data; and
  • Improving the operational business environment by generating efficiencies and cost savings in water management.

Within the context of the above priorities, WIPC champions projects in four key opportunity areas.

  • Applied research – Focused research that promotes solutions to specific water management challenges, or supports existing regulatory change initiatives.
  • Tool development – Development of innovative approaches that create operational efficiencies, support regulatory compliance, improve environmental performance, or inform decision-making.
  • Data compilation/centralization – Improved utilization of existing water quantity and quality data to support data-driven decision-making, enable effective communication of industry performance, and inform evidence-based policy.
  • Leveraged research and innovation – Leverage available funding by fostering research partnerships that advance shared water management objectives.

2018 Water Public Policy Issues and Knowledge Gaps with Associated Projects

Public Policy Issue Associated Knowledge Gap(s)
Safeguarding groundwater and surface water quantity Projects identified to address this knowledge gap
Avoidance of groundwater and surface water contamination during development of unconventional oil and gas resources in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Projects identified to address this knowledge gap
Assessment of alternative sources and handling of water for unconventional oil and gas development in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, considering the entire life cycle. Projects identified to address this knowledge gap

 

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