Alberta’s oil sands contain the third-largest crude oil reserve in the world, next to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Managing this valuable resource requires responsible development. To support this, the ministry of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) created the Oil Sands Information Portal (osip.alberta.ca). The portal uses geographic information system (GIS) technology to make data about oil sands industry performance easily understood and accessible to the public. ESRI Canada presented the Ministry with an Award of Excellence for this outstanding use of GIS to engage citizens in the development of oil sands within the province.
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