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23 August

2018


SynergyAspen looks foward to our presentations at the following conferences:

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1. Science Advisory Board for Contaminated Sites in British Columbia, September 27, 2018 (Vancouver, BC).
a) Alternative Salinity Evaluation; Description and Benefits of an Additional Line of Evidence Accepted by BC Oil and Gas Commission

2. Remediation Technologies Symposium (RemTech 2018), October 10 to 12, 2018 (Banff, Alberta).
a) A “Principle-Based” Approach to Avoid Falsely Identified Contamination (Presentation on Oct 11/18)
b) Alternative Salinity Evaluation; Description and Benefits of an Additional Line of Evidence Accepted by BC Oil and Gas Commission (Presentation on Oct 11/18)

We hope to see you there. If you cannot attend any of these conferences, but would still like to learn more about the topics, please Daniel Gorsic (604.931.1026 or dgorsic@synergyaspen.ca).

For more information about the presentations, select the links below to view the abstracts.

Alternative Salinity Evaluation; Description and Benefits of an Additional Line of Evidence Accepted by BC Oil and Gas Commission

Desktop Remediation, A Principle-Based Approach to Avoid Falsely Identified Contamination

 

04 June

2018


SynergyAspen helped improve the environment by solving a decades old problem in our industry.

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SynergyAspen helped improve the environment by solving a decades old problem in our industry. Salt contamination was falsely identified in muskeg due to a lab method and regulatory standard intended for mineral soil, not muskeg. This caused falsely identified salt contamination resulting in unnecessary muskeg remediation. This is bad for the environment and bad for environmental budgets.

The BC Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) now accepts an Alternative Salinity Evaluation as an additional line of evidence to determine sodium and chloride concentrations in organic soils such as muskeg. This approach can be used for Certificate of Restoration (CoR) applications at Upstream Oil and Gas sites.

An accepted alternative lab method (a modified saturated paste) was recommended by SynergyAspen as a result of a research project funded by BC ORGIS. The alternative lab method measures the salt concentration in muskeg pore water. This departs from the standard saturated paste method that measures salt concentrations in muskeg “soil”. The alternative lab method eliminates two major biases as follows:

1. Denominator Bias. Lab results for the standard saturated paste method are expressed as weight (mg) of contaminant (i.e. sodium or chloride) divided by the dry substrate weight (i.e. muskeg). Let’s assume a sample of wet muskeg weighs 1kg, contains 10 mg of sodium, has a water content of 90%, and the density of dry muskeg equals that of water. The reported analytical result would be 10 mg of sodium divided by the weight of dry muskeg (100 mg). The reported analytical result is 100 mg/kg; ten (10) times higher than the actual sodium concentration present in the wet muskeg in the environment.

2. Numerator Bias. Salt dissolves in water. When muskeg samples are collected, salty water is unintentionally and unavoidably lost. Since the standard saturated paste method reports a ratio of mass (mass of sodium or chloride in the sample divided by mass of dry muskeg), salty water lost during sampling can bias low reported lab results. Let’s assume 50% of the salty water within a volume of muskeg was lost during sampling (i.e. the lost salty water never made it to the sample jar). The mass of sodium reported by the lab would decrease by 50%. The analytical result would therefore be one half (or 50%) of the sodium concentration in the environment.

Using the Alternative Salinity Evaluation line of evidence, industry in BC should use the modified saturated paste method and compare these lab results (reported in mg/L) to new proposed guidelines. The new guidelines are a result of a research project completed by Hemmera funded by BC ORGIS. The use of the Alternative Salinity Evaluation as an additional line of evidence may avoid unnecessary delineation and remediation of falsely identified salt contamination in muskeg.

SynergyAspen’s help to solve this problem falls within a broader approach SynergyAspen calls Desktop Remediation™. Desktop Remediation™ is a site-specific risk evaluation using a science-based approach to contaminated sites consulting. We conduct a detailed evaluation of each corner of the risk triangle and determine if contamination is real, exaggerated, falsely identified, or due to background conditions. Over the past 3 years, using Desktop Remediation™ we obtained approximately 1/3 of all CoR Part 1’s in BC, saved our clients over $20M and averted greater than 85,000 m3 of soil from landfill disposal.

To learn more about how Desktop Remediation™ and the Alternative Salinity Evaluation line of evidence benefits your organization, please contact Daniel Gorsic, P.Chem., CEO (604.803.4665) or dgorsic@synergyaspen.ca.

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05 April

2016


SynergyAspen Environmental Inc. is proud to support the Port Moody Ecological Society 25th Fingerling Festival taking place May 7, 2016!

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As a participant in this annual event we look forward to meeting members of the community where we live and work-please stop by and say hello!
The Festival runs from 11am to 3pm at the Noons Creek Hatchery and will release 40,000 fingerling (juvenile) salmon into the creek.  Over 70 exhibitors will visiting from all over the Lower Mainland at the Port Moody Ice Rink at the Recreation Centre, over the footbridge from the creek on Ioco Road. 

The Port Moody Ecological Society acknowledges and honours the fact that our community lies on unceded indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish Peoples.

For more information and to get involved, you can find more information at the link below.

http://noonscreek.org/fingerling-festival/

 

02 November

2015


SynergyAspen Supports the Christmas Hamper Program through Fort St. John Women's Resource Society in Fort St. John

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The SynergyAspen team is busy working together, acquiring hamper items including food, clothing and toys, and collecting donations for the food bank.

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23 October

2015


SynergyAspen Supports the Christmas Hamper Program through SHARE Family & Community Services in the Tricities

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The SynergyAspen team is busy working together, acquiring hamper items including food, clothing and toys, and collecting donations for the food bank.

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02 October

2015


SynergyAspen nominated for two Business awards

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SynergyAspen Environmental Ltd. has been nominated not one, but two awards by the Tri Cities Chamber of commerce. The Business Excellence Awards were created to recognize outstanding businesses in the Tri-Cities.  Each of the nominated businesses and individuals has demonstrated excellence in business and a passion for our community. 

The company is nominated both the Business of the Year for companies between 10 and 50 employees and in the Community Spirit Award category.  CEO Daniel Gorsic is quoted as saying, “We are delighted by this recognition.  We are proud of our company and our community.  This award reflects our team and our commitment to the Tri Cities area.” 
Winners will be awarded at our annual Chamber Gala at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Theatre on January 30, 2016.

SynergyAspen is a leading environmental consulting firm with offices in Coquitlam and Fort St. John BC. Using scientifically valid creative approaches to environmental remediation is SynergyAspen’s competitive advantage in environmental consulting. 

24 June

2015


APEGBC OQM Certification for SynergyAspen

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SynergyAspen is now Organizational Quality Management (OQM)’ certified through APEGBC.  This supports our commitment to providing quality service to our clients.

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21 June

2015


RPIC Federal Contaminated Sites Regional Workshop in Edmonton

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SynergyAspen recently presented “For Peat’s Sake: A Case Study fo Matrix Specific Standards and Methods for Peat Characterization.

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