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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…
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Alberta Oil Sands: Canada's Environmental Disaster

Canada's oil sands in Alberta have been described as the “world's most destructive oil operation” for their environmental impact.1 However, the oil sands contribute significantly to the Canadian economy, and they employ over 100,000 people in the sector.2 But, its environmental impact certainly dwarfs the economic upside. Canada's oil sands: How long will the Alberta oil sands…
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