Articles | Volume 18, issue 10
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 7361–7378, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-7361-2018

Special issue: Atmospheric emissions from oil sands development and their...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 7361–7378, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-7361-2018

Research article 28 May 2018

Research article | 28 May 2018

Quantification of methane sources in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region of Alberta by aircraft mass balance

Sabour Baray et al.

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Methane emissions from major oil sands facilities in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR) of Alberta were measured in the summer of 2013 using two related aircraft mass-balance approaches. Tailings ponds and fugitive emissions of methane from open pit mines were found to be the major sources of methane in the region. Total methane emissions in the AOSR were measured to be ~ 20 tonnes of CH4 per hour, which is 48 % higher than the Canadian Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program Emissions Inventory.
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