Interactive Monitoring Map 

MacKay River

Brion MacKay River AMS

(Longitude 112 5’ 21.0” Latitude 56 46’ 47.0”)

MacKay River Air Monitoring Station (AMS) is located at the Brion Energy facility, 30 km northwest of Fort McMurray, and functions as a compliance air monitoring station. The MacKay River project produces oil by SAGD, or Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage, a thermal production technology which extracts bitumen from Alberta’s subsurface oil sands deposits. MacKay River AMS, the most westerly of WBEA’s continuous air monitoring stations, began operation in February 2016.

The MacKay River AMS is equipped to continuously measure sulphur dioxide (SO2), total hydrocarbons (THC), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and hydrogen sulphide (H2S).

MacKay River AMS is also equipped to continuously measure wind speed, wind direction, temperature and humidity. The meteorological sensors for wind speed and wind direction are located at 10 m elevation, while those for temperature and relative humidity are located at 4 m.

Current Data

Time of Data:
2017-09-20 00:00:00 (Mountain Standard Time)
ParameterHourly Average
0.60 ppb
0.05 ppb
2.28 ppm
-0.28 ppb
0.41 ppb
0.13 ppb
@ 10m
12.92 km/h
@ 10m
57.51 deg.
95.30 %
7.51 deg. C
1.10 mm

All air quality monitoring data displayed on this site by the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association is directly from monitoring equipment output signals. Displayed data is generally indicative of ambient conditions, however, it has not been reviewed, validated, nor processed for baseline drift and other fluctuations by qualified technicians. Final processed and validated data values may vary from values displayed on this site. A displayed value of 'n/d' indicates air monitoring data is not available at the corresponding time due to scheduled maintenance and/or instrument calibration. Charted data is locked to the range of the analyzer by default, and can be unlocked by the appropriate control. To access quality-checked and validated historical data, please visit the Alberta Government's airdata warehouse:

Historical Monitoring Data

PLEASE NOTE: When ambient concentrations of any pollutant WBEA measures exceeds the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objective, WBEA has an immediate Reporting Protocol that is put into action. WBEA analyzers continuously monitor ambient air, and in the event of an exceedence the following steps are taken:

1 - The data collection system automatically sends out alarm notifications to WBEA personnel and an independent third party alarm monitoring company. 

2 - The alarm company acknowledges the incoming alarm and reports the data and supporting information such as wind conditions, locations, time, etc, to Alberta Environment & Parks (AEP) in real time, or as soon as becoming aware of it.

3 - AEP uses the data and information from WBEA to follow up as appropriate.