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Potential Role of Microbial Biofilms in Oil Sands Tailings Management

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Victoria Kostenko
Victoria Kostenko
Biofilm Engineering Research Group, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department, University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr. NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada (e-mails: v.kostenko@ucalgary.com; rmartinu@ucalgary.ca)
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Robert John Martinuzzi
Robert John Martinuzzi
Biofilm Engineering Research Group, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department, University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr. NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada (e-mails: v.kostenko@ucalgary.com; rmartinu@ucalgary.ca)
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Published:
January 01, 2013

Abstract

This chapter addresses two major challenges in oil sands tailings management: tailings densification and dewatering, and tailings and released water detoxification. It suggests an environmentally friendly solution: application of microbial biofilms for complex tailings treatment. The chapter reviews the current knowledge of the function of microbial biofilms in tailings treatment and describes possible mechanisms driving biofilm-mediated densification and bioremediation.

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AAPG Studies in Geology

Heavy-oil and Oil-sand Petroleum Systems in Alberta and Beyond

Frances J. Hein
Frances J. Hein
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Dale Leckie
Dale Leckie
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Steve Larter
Steve Larter
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John R. Suter
John R. Suter
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
64
ISBN electronic:
9781629812649
Publication date:
January 01, 2013

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