Week ending February 10th, 2023

EnviroTech is Evolving

EnviroTech is now the ESAA Environmental Summit

April 12-14, 2023
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Draft Agenda Now Available 

The Draft Agenda is now available for the inaugural ESAA Summit – April 12-14th at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

Agenda features 7 panel discussion:

  • Future of the Environmental Workforce
  • Biogas: Economics, Efficiency, Chemistry
  • Meeting Canada’s Methane Reduction Targets-
  • Practical Considerations for Risk Assessment and Management
  • Regulatory Modernization and Upcoming ESG Disclosure Requirements
  • Collaborative Approach to Watercourse Management
  • ESG – Driving Understanding in our Evolving World

The program also includes an Indigenous Awareness and Inclusion Workshop, a PTAC Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund (AUPRF) Update Session, the ESAA Annual General Meeting and two great keynotes.


Infodemic! Is Misinformation Killing Us?
Dr. Timothy Caulfield, Professor of Health Law and Science Policy | Bestselling Author, University of Alberta

We Are All Interconnected: Protecting Our Planet
Jill Heinerth, Explorer-in-Residence, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society 

Full details at: https://esaa.org/summit/agenda/

Hotel Accommodations: The 2023 edition will take place at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.  The 700 acre year-round luxury mountain resort wraps around the shores of the pristine lake “Lac Beauvert”.  Room rates at the Jasper Park Lodge start at $199 + taxes.  Book your room at: https://esaa.org/summit/hotel/

Registration: Register now at: https://esaa.org/summit/register/

Sponsorship:  A very limited number of sponsorship opportunities remain – details at:  https://esaa.org/summit/sponsors/ 

ESAA truly appreciates your support of world-class events and looks forward to welcoming you to ‘The Summit’ at the amazing Jasper Park Lodge.

RemTech East

May 30 – June 1, 2023
Fallsview Casino and Resort
Niagara Falls, ON

Sponsorship Opportunities / Exhibit Space Now Available

The Environmental Services Association of Alberta (ESAA) is pleased to announce that in partnership with the Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) that RemTech East is returning to the Fallsview Casino – Niagara Falls: May 30th – June 1st, 2023.

A number of sponsorship opportunities are now available for RemTech East, including:

  • Exclusive Tradeshow Sponsor – 1 only and includes exhibit space
  • Gold Level – 3 remaining and includes exhibit space
  • Silver – 3 remaining
  • Bronze – 3 remaining
  • Networking Reception – Wednesday night – 1 only
  • Thursday Closing Keynote – 1 only
Exhibit Space:
  • 8 non-sponsor exhibit spaces are also available


For additional details, and pricing contact Lorrine Hamdon, [email protected] or Joe Chowaniec, [email protected]

Full event details can be found online at: www.esaa.org/remtecheast  

ESAA and ONEIA look forward to seeing you at the Falls!

RemTech 2023

October 11-13, 2023
Fairmont Banff Springs

Call for Abstracts / Early Bird Registration

ESAA is pleased to announce that early bird registration is open for the 22nd edition of RemTech.   RemTech 2023 will feature an out door tailgate party to start the conference, 55 exhibits, technical talks, networking opportunities, a Thursday night reception featuring Canadian comedy legend Ron James and three great keynotes. 
Full conference details can be found at: https://esaa.org/remtech/
Registration:  Early bird registration is now open – visit: https://esaa.org/remtech/register/ to register early and save.

Sponsors / Exhibitors: Previous sponsors and exhibitors will be contacted in the next week to secure your previous sponsorship level and exhibit space. 

Hotel Reservations: The Fairmont Banff Springs is now accepting reservations for the conference.  The conference rate starts at $254 per night per night depending on the type and occupancy of the room. (rates do not include taxes, fees and surcharges).  Rate also includes 2 free drinks (per room) in the Rundle Lounge.  (Drink vouchers valid during October 11-13, 2023).  Make your reservation via: https://esaa.org/remtech/hotel-travel/

Call for Abstracts

ESAA invites you to submit technical abstracts focusing on technologies for the remediation of contaminated soil. Abstracts are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • In-Situ and Ex-Situ Treatment, Physical / Biological / Chemical Treatment, Soil Washing and Scrubbing, Thermal Desorption
  • Incineration, Stabilization / Solidification, Immobilization, Aeration, Soil Venting, Membranes, Encapsulation, Vitrification, Natural Attenuation, Oil Sands Remediation / Reclamation, Oil Spills Management, New Technology and Research, Remote and Difficult Locations, Reclamation, Emerging Contaminants, Superfund Projects, Landfill Closure, Phyto-remediation, Site Rehabilitation Program (SRP) – Projects, Lessons Learned
  • All other related topics will be considered

The preliminary selection of presentations will be based on submitted abstracts and reviewed by a panel of peers.

Abstracts should be no longer that 500 words (not including bio), should include a presenter biography and be submitted as a Word Document by no later than July 21st, 2023.

Before submitting your abstract, ensure that client approval has been obtained.

Notification of acceptance will be given by August 31st.

For instructions on how to submit an abstract visit: https://esaa.org/remtech/call-for-abstracts/

Full presentations must be submitted no late than one week prior to RemTech 2023.

Thank you for your continued support!


Alberta to pilot oil and gas royalty breaks for legally required well cleanup



The AER Issues an Environmental Protection Order for Imperial’s Kearl Oil Sands Project

An Environmental Protection Order (EPO) was issued February 6, 2023, by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) to Imperial Oil Limited (Imperial) in response to two containment incidents at the Kearl Oil Sands Project (Kearl). Kearl is an Imperial owned and operated oil sands site in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region of Alberta, 45 kilometres northeast of Fort McKay. 

The AER has issued the EPO ordering Imperial to contain the releases and develop and submit plans for wildlife protection, environmental remediation, and public notification. The EPO can be found here.

The first incident, reported earlier in 2022, involves industrial wastewater seeping from the External Tailings Area in four locations both on and outside the boundaries of the Kearl site. At this time, there are no public impacts.

Prior to the issuing of the Order, the AER issued two notices of non-compliance, conducted site inspections and assessments and required Imperial to monitor and sample wastewater and submit results to the AER. The AER also worked with Imperial to commence the installation of additional seepage wells and delineation groundwater wells along the perimeter of the site.

In a separate, second incident, also at the Kearl site, Imperial reported an uncontrolled release of industrial wastewater from an overflow drainage pond, that occurred on Saturday, February 4, 2023. The spill volume initial estimate is 5,300 m3.

Provisions in the EPO address both incidents.

At this time, no impacts to wildlife have been reported in relation to either incident.

An EPO is a compliance order designed to prevent, stop, or mitigate adverse environmental impacts or risks to public safety, and ensure responsible resource development and must be completed within prescribed deadlines.

It is Imperial’s responsibility to manage these incidents and prepare action plans according to EPO stipulations. The AER will hold the operator to account in completing the work, including effective measures for wildlife deterrents, cleanup, and remediation of any impacts to the environment.

Alberta’s Energy Regulator will enforce both the mitigation and remediation actions required to fully resolve these issues. The Government of Alberta sets standards and conditions of approval for licensees and the AER’s mandate is to ensure that companies operate within those requirements. Imperial is accountable to now complete and publicly communicate their strategy to attend to this matter.

The AER has investigations underway, and no further statements will be made at this time.


Environmental protection order cites multiple issues at Kearl oilsands project

(Source: CBC News) Alberta’s energy regulator has given Imperial Oil until the end of the month to figure out how to deal with ongoing seepage at a tailings pond at its Kearl oilsands mine.

On Monday, the regulator issued an environmental protection order to Imperial to clean up ongoing seepages of industrial wastewater at the mine, located in the Athabasca region of northern Alberta, about 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray. 

The company also needs to submit plans for wildlife protection, environmental remediation and notifying the public.

The order covers two separate contamination incidents that took place over nine months. 

The most recent incident took place on Saturday, when Imperial reported an uncontrolled release of about 5,300 cubic metres of industrial wastewater from an overflow drainage pond. 

Another incident, which dates back to May 2022, resulted in industrial wastewater seeping from the external tailings area in four locations both on and outside the boundaries of the Kearl site. 

The regulator says there was no impact on the public or wildlife from either incident. 

Prior to this week’s order, the regulator had already issued two notices of non-compliance, conducted site inspections and assessments, and required Imperial to monitor and sample wastewater and submit its results. 

The regulator has worked with Imperial on measures such as installing seepage wells and marking the boundaries of groundwater wells along the site’s perimeter.

Imperial is still investigating the cause of that release, spokesperson Lisa Schmidt said in an statement to CBC.

“We regret this incident and are making every effort to learn from it and apply preventative measures,” she said. 

“Some of the actions that we plan to implement are additional monitoring and control measures, including water catchment features, and additional monitoring and pumping wells. Based on our monitoring to date, there are no reported impacts to wildlife and no measurable impact to local waterways.”

The regulator has told Imperial to submit a final report within 60 days of completing the actions contained in the environmental protection order.

The Calgary-based Imperial is about 70 per cent owned by  U.S. industry giant Exxon Mobil.


AER:New Edition of Directive 071 and New Manual

Today we released a new edition of Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response and its new companion Manual 026: Emergency Preparedness and Response Guide

This edition of Directive 071 and the creation of Manual 026 reflect our ongoing commitment to public safety and protection of the environment and is a step towards modernizing and aligning with the best practices for emergency management. We have made the following revisions to the directive:

  • Duplicated requirements and requirements that are no longer needed have been removed.
  • The directive now applies to operations regulated under the Geothermal Resource Development Act.
  • The directive has been restructured to improve its organization.
  • Content relating to emergency preparedness and response guidance has been removed from the directive and placed in Manual 026.

Manual 026 also includes information concerning considerations when consulting with appropriate authorities that previously resided in Bulletin 2010-48.

Directive 071 and Manual 026 will undergo further revision as we continue modernizing and aligning with the best practices in emergency management.

The revised edition of Directive 071 is available on our website at www.aer.ca > Regulating Development > Rules and Directives > Directives. The new edition of Manual 026 is available on our website at www.aer.ca > Regulating Development > Rules and Directives > Manuals

If you have any questions, contact [email protected].


Cleaning up Keystone spill to cost $480 million, says TC Energy

TC Energy Corp. says cleanup of a massive crude spill from its Keystone Pipeline into a creek in Kansas last December will cost US$480 million.

The Calgary-based company announced Feb. 9 that a third-party analysis into what caused the leak is still underway, but it has been determined that the spill on Dec. 7 occurred because of a combination of factors, including “bending stress” on the pipe and a weld flaw attributed to work completed at a fabrication facility.

The update included a revised figure for the volume of the spill in Washington County, Kansas. The company said 12,937 barrels of crude oil were released in the rupture along Mill Creek; previously TC Energy had estimated 14,000 barrels.

“Although welding inspection and testing were conducted within applicable codes and standards, the weld flaw led to a crack that propagated over time as a result of bending stress fatigue, eventually leading to an instantaneous rupture,” the company said in a release.

“The cause of the bending stress remains under investigation as part of the broader third-party root cause failure analysis.”

The company said a metallurgical analysis identified no issues with the strength or material properties of the pipe or manufactured fitting. “The pipeline was operating within its operational design and within the pipeline design maximum operating pressure,” it said.

The spill, which prompted a nearly month-long shutdown of the critical cross-border pipeline, will cost the company an estimated US$480 million for investigation and remediation work. The company said it was working with insurers to maximize cost recoveries.

Keystone, which carries crude 4,324 kilometres from Alberta to refineries in Oklahoma and the U.S. Gulf Coast, was granted a special permit in 2017 enabling it to operate in the U.S. at a higher stress level than is otherwise allowed under federal pipeline regulations.

The special permit process is currently the subject of an independent review launched by the U.S. federal pipeline regulator in response to concerns raised about Keystone’s safety in a 2021 U.S. Government Accountability Office report.

“A bad weld from a fabrication facility is troubling – it adds to the list of manufacturing and construction issues that have plagued this pipeline,” Bill Caram, executive director of Pipeline Safety Trust, a U.S. advocacy group against pipeline hazards, told Reuters.

Land movement likely caused a bad weld to break and bending stress on the pipe, said Caram, adding that Keystone’s permit requires it to mitigate such threats.

Canada does not have a special permitting system for its pipelines crossing inter-provincial or international boundaries. Each Canadian pipeline is certified to a particular maximum operating threshold, according to the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

TC Energy has voluntarily reduced operating pressure across the entire Keystone line since flows resumed at the end of December.

“Our focus continues to be the safe operation of the pipeline system,” the company said. “Additional operational mitigations, such as reduced operating pressure, are in place to support the safe operations of our system while we continue our response and investigation. Our team is progressing a remediation plan, including an analysis of other areas with potentially similar conditions, the use of additional in-line inspections, and further operational mitigations.”


New ESAA Member

ESAA welcomes the following new members.  If you are not a member of ESAA you can join now via: https://esaa.org/join-esaa/


Full Member:

Pacific Rim Laboratories Inc.

#103 19575 55A Ave
Surrey, BC V3S 8P8
Phone: (604) 532-8711


David Hope, CEO
Email: [email protected]


Pacific Rim Labs is a ISO 17025 accredited lab based in Surrey British Columbia specializing is low level detection or organic contaminants. With over 20 years of experience, the lab has worked with a wide range of clients from government agencies, regulatory bodies, and corporations across the globe that require consistent and reliable solutions. We test for a range of persistent organic pollutants (POP) to ultra trace levels such as dioxins, PCBs, PAHs, TBT and PFAS and more. We are also always developing new methods for emerging contaminants while still tailoring our results to each customers needs.



Upcoming Industry Events


Registration is now open!

We are excited to be heading to Yellowknife for the SWANA Northern Lights Chapter Annual Conference!  We decided to host the conference in June this year to get us close to the summer solstice and the never setting sun.

We are planning to change up our schedule this year and kick off the conference with a midnight golf tournament and our agenda will take advantage of the local sites and activities. Expect great presentations, an interactive tradeshow, abundant networking activities and the ability to “Network until the sun sets”.

When: June 13-16, 2023
Where: Explorer Hotel Yellowknife

Registration for delegates as well as exhibitors is now open, and you can make your hotel reservations as well. Visit https://swananorthernlights.org/conference/2023-conference/ for more details and to register.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Yellowknife!


SustainTech 2023

Delta Saskatoon – March 22-23, 2023


Schedule of Events
March 22nd – GWSDAT Workshop
March 23rd AM – Regulatory Speakers
March 23rd PM – Technical Sessions
Full details and registration information at: https://www.seima.sk.ca/sustaintech

Upcoming Soil Science Courses

Introduction to Soil Science (SOIL220 Wi23)
March 4 to 19, 2023 (Saturdays and Sundays online with one-day in-person practicum)
Registration: https://SOIL220-Wi23.eventbrite.ca

Soil Classification (SOIL410 Wi23)
March 29 and 30, 2023 (online)
Registration: https://SOIL410-Wi23.eventbrite.ca

Soil Mapping (SOIL420 Wi23)
April 5 and 6, 2023 (online)
Registration: https://SOIL420-Wi23.eventbrite.ca

Pedology Field School (SOIL230 Sp23)
May 29 to 31, 2023 (in-person in the Edmonton area)
Registration: https://SOIL230-Sp23.eventbrite.ca


ESAA Job Board

Check out the new improved ESAA Job Board.  Members can post ads for free.

Current Listings:
  • Intermediate Environmental Scientist – Trace Associates Inc.
  • Environmental Technician Intern – Paragon Soil & Environmental Consulting
  • Intermediate Environmental Project Manager – TerraLogix Solutions Inc.
  • Summer Students and Seasonal Staff – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • Senior Environmental Scientist (Salt Specialist) – Matrix Solutions Inc.
  • Lead Crew Hand – Summit
  • Environmental Planner – Team Lead – Summit, An earth Services Company
  • Environmental Scientist (Biologist) – Summit, An earth Services Company
  • Intermediate Environmental Specialist – Summit, An earth Services Company
  • Intermediate/Senior Environmental Specialist – Summit, An earth Services Company
  • Environmental Analyst – Summit, An earth Services Company
  • Intermediate/Senior Environmental Specialist – Summit, An earth Services Company
  • Environmental Specialist (Summer Student) – Summit, An earth Services Company
  • Environmental Inspector Consultant – Summit, An earth Services Company
  • Business Development Representative – 360 Energy Liability Management
  • Senior Environmental Professional, Reclamation & Remediation – H3M Environmental Ltd.
  • Senior Environmental Professional, Planning – H3M Environmental Ltd.
  • Account Manager Waste Services – RemedX Remediation Services Inc
  • Senior Regulatory Planner, Lands – ATCO Electric
  • Sustainability Engineer Waste and Recycling – City of Lethbridge
  • Intermediate Environmental Field Technician – Flint
  • Senior Hydrogeologist – Summit, An earth Services Company
  • Environmental Technologist – Summit
  • Lead, Reclamation and Remediation Services –RemedX Remediation Services Inc.




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