Design and Management of a Groundwater Monitoring Program for a Bitumen (Oilsands) Mine

Project: Client was developing a large bitumen mine in northern Alberta. A condition of their project approval was a proposal for a groundwater monitoring program, and then implementation of that program following regulatory approval of the monitoring plan.

Services: Prepared a proposal for the groundwater monitoring program, including selection and placement of groundwater monitoring wells, choice of laboratory and field-analyzed chemical parameters, frequency of monitoring, and consideration of phases in mine development for long-term applicability. Included modelling and dewatering aspects provided by colleagues. Following approval of the program with no amendments, analyzed the annual monitoring data and prepared reports for regulatory compliance.