Robert Shurniak

Robert Shurniak
O'Kane Consultants

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Cover system and landform design are crucial components of mine reclamation, of which the hydraulic performance is largely controlled by vegetation and material properties. Field monitoring (especially volumetric water content profiles) of a reclaimed area provides valuable information on a cover system's and/or landform's performance and indirectl...
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Tailings sand associated with oil sands mining contains saline process-affected pore-water which can have a detrimental impact on the performance of reclamation covers. A reclamation cover site, located at the Syncrude Canada Ltd.'s South West Sand Storage facility (SWSS), consisted of 45 cm of cover soil over tailings sand. The site was instrument...
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Tallon, L. K., O'Kane, M. A., Chapman, D. E., Phillip, M. A., Shurniak, R. E. and Strunk, R. L. 2011. Unsaturated sloping layered soil cover system: Field investigation. Can. J. Soil Sci. 91: 161-168. Unsaturated soil cover systems are effective in minimizing the interaction of meteoric water with underlying mine waste. Studies detailing field-moni...
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A central feature of the reclamation strategy pursued by Syncrude Canada Limited is the establishment of targeted ecosites within recreated landscapes. It is understood that no amount of initial effort can fully create these systems; rather, the reclamation efforts must create appropriate initial conditions from which the final ecosites and landsca...
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The hydrologic performance of four different soil cover systems used to cover saline-sodic overburden has been studied at the Syncrude Canada Limited mine site since 1999. Part of this study requires the creation of computer models, using the program SoilCover 2000, that can accurately simulate the water movement within these soil covers. During th...
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Contamination of ground and surface water as a result of exposure to mine wastes presents a serious concern for human health and the receiving ecosystem. As part of a mine's closure plan, unsaturated soil cover systems play an important role in mitigating potential risks due to contamination. Fully coupled soil-atmosphere numerical models are a pow...

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