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the Pembina Institute.
The article details the industry-government group that hopes to improve tailings pond performance. All the big mines are involved and reportedly share tailings information freely with one-another.
They also talk about advances in tailings technology, which primarily involve adding chemicals to make the sediment settle out faster. CNRL, for example, says they use CO2 and a reagent to de-water tailings. The article also talks about Syncrude's centrifuge approach and some other details.
Worth a read if you're into tailings management technology. I guess that's a pretty big if.