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How is oil extracted from tar sands?

Tar sands mining in Fort McMurray, Alberta. (Source: iStock, Credit: Dan Barnes Photography) Oil sands (or tar sands as they are sometimes inaccurately referred to) represent a vast resource of recoverable oil1. Vast…
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Tar sands oil extraction: how much oil does it produce?

Few oil production methods are as controversial as oil sands extraction. Not only is it very expensive but it also causes enormous environmental harm1. Despite these impacts, millions of barrels of oil continue to be produced around…

Tar Sands in Canada: High Carbon & Low Benefits

In 2019, the tar sands industry was named the “world’s most destructive oil operation” for its impact on Canada’s environment, by National Geographic.1 Tar sands are described in extreme terms because the industry has a high carbon cost while offering low benefits for Canada. Athabasca tar sands Tar sands in Canada are mainly spread out over three regions in the provinces of Alberta…
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