Biochar Explored to Remediate Soil Contaminated by Oil Spills and Gas Leaks in Canada’s North

A research team uses cow, fish, whales, and bison bones for the production of Biochar for Northern needs

A team of researchers from the University of Saskatchewan and Yukon College are working with industry in Canada’s North to develop biochar for remediation of soil contaminated by oil spills and gas leaks.

Biochar is a type of charcoal that results from heating biological ingredients, such as wood and bone, in a low- or no-oxygen environment – a process known as pyrolysis. In southern climates, biochar has proven environmental benefits when added to soil, including enhanced soil fertility, improved plant growth, and degradation of contaminants.

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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Nunatta Environmental
University of Saskatchewan
Yukon College
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