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Oil Sands Tailings Ponds in Canada

Canada’s Alberta’s oil sands are one of the largest crude oil deposits on the planet.1 Oil sands are a mixture of sand, water and bitumen – a heavy oil too viscous to flow on its own.2 A water-intensive extraction process is required to separate the bitumen…
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Oil Pipelines in Canada

Oil pipelines in Canada are an integral part of the country’s energy infrastructure.1 They are the safest and most efficient method of transporting large quantities of Canadian crude oil.2 But, they are also a divisive issue. Environmentalists oppose pipeline…
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Oil Sands Mining in Canada

If you visit the area around the Athabasca River in Western Canada, you will find two contrasting landscapes. Alberta is not only the home of the Canadian Rockies, but also Canada’s oil sands mining. While these large reserves have been around for a significant amount…
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Oil Sands: The Dark Side Of The Oil Industry

Developing oil sands means cooking the planet NASA climate scientist James Hansen said that developing oil sands and other unconventional sources of oil would mean “game over for the planet”. After that, pro-oil sands politicians, industrialists and pundits became…
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Canadian oil sands and its destruction

Ever wondered about how the Canadian oil sands are an environmental disaster? We’ve created a short infographic for you explaining how the Canadian oil sands and Alberta oil sands affect the environment and contribute massively to climate change and global…
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Oil Sands Processing

Oil sands are a combination of sand, clay and water that contain a heavy crude oil variant called bitumen.1 But, this complex hydrocarbon is almost solid at room temperature and does not flow without extensive processing.2 Subsequently, there are two ways to extract the…
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How does oil sands mining work? An overview

Amidst mounting evidence for their contribution to climate change, our global dependence on fossil fuels such as oil and gas remains steadfast. Oil sands mining operations – a common method of synthetic oil production – continue to operate in various countries across the…
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What are the benefits of oil sands?

Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) oil sands mining operation. Photo Credit: Ryan Jackson. Available at: https://calgaryherald.com/business/energy/what-you-need-to-know-about-restarting-alberta-oilsands-production Though some people say that there are many…