Economic Analysis of Reclamation Technologies and Policy Options

This project examines the costs and benefits of reclamation technologies and policy frameworks in the context of energy systems. New reclamation technologies may provide improved outcomes and/or lower costs relative to traditional technologies, such as improved methods for reclaiming oil sands process water in tailings ponds). The technologies may also provide different benefit streams such as more rapid reclamation or improved environmental outcomes.


The analyses will examine the costs and benefits of alternative approaches to reclamation, relative to current methods. The project examines alternative policy frameworks such as tax-refund schemes or new approaches to mine financial security as the costs and benefits of reclamation options depend, in part, on the policy framework that they are developed within. As such, the unique contribution of this project is the integration of the examination of costs and benefits of reclamation approaches, with the assessment of alternative policy frameworks.


Research currently in progress includes several components. Examination of a tax and tax-refund scheme is addressing the impact of linear features on boreal caribou, including measurement of the costs, benefits and impacts on industry and the public of the use of a tax-refund system. Examination of new technologies to treat oil sands process water, includes costs and benefits of alternative technologies. Assessment of alternative policy approaches (financial security, tax, tax-refund, mixtures of systems) on the costs and benefits of oil sands process water reclamation is being addressed.

A Framework To Estimate The Treatment Cost Of The Oil Sands Process Water (OSPW) In Alberta

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Grant Hauer, Vic Adamowicz, Pamela Chelme-Ayala, Jerico Fiestas Flores

Conference/Workshop

Could A Damaged Land Tax-Refund Scheme Help Endangered Species Recovery?

Zhanji Zhang

Event

Does Taxing Oil And Gas Operators Save Caribou?

Zhanji Zhang

Event

Economic Analysis Of Oil Sands Process-Affected Water (OSPW) Treatment In Alberta

Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Grant Hauer, Vic Adamowicz, Pamela Chelme-Ayala, Jerico Fiestas Flores

Conference/Workshop

Economic Incentives For Land Reclamation In The Oil Sands Industry In Alberta

Grant Hauer, Vic Adamowicz, Zhanji Zhang

Conference/Workshop

Economic Incentives For Land Reclamation In The Oil Sands Industry Of Alberta

Vic Adamowicz, Zhanji Zhang

Conference/Workshop

Economic Incentives For Land Reclamation: Evidence From The Oil Sands Industry In Alberta

Grant Hauer, Vic Adamowicz, Zhanji Zhang

Event

Models And Instruments For Financing Land-Based Conservation

Vic Adamowicz

Conference/Workshop

Policy Design To Create Incentives For Land And Water Reclamation From Oil Sands Projects In Alberta

Jerico Fiestas Flores

Conference/Workshop

3 Minute Pitch Winner FES Research Symposium

Zhanji Zhang

Award

Best MSc Thesis Award Department Of Rural Economy And Environmental Sociology

Zhanji Zhang

Award

Brett G. Cortus Memorial Graduate Scholarship 2018

Zhanji Zhang

Award

Canadian Agricultural Economics Society’s Outstanding Master's Thesis Award

Zhanji Zhang

Award

Travis W. Manning Book Prize In Agricultural And Resource Economics 2018

Zhanji Zhang

Award

Economic Incentives For Land Reclamation In The Oil Sands Industry In Alberta

Grant Hauer, Vic Adamowicz, Zhanji Zhang

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Economic Incentives For Land Reclamation: Evidence From The Oil-sands Industry In Alberta

Zhanji Zhang

Masters Thesis