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Oil Sand Fever

Last week, I wrote a short article on the Alberta oil sands projects, CNN Money has some further commentary on the issue:

…it takes the equivalent of 0.7 barrels of oil to create one barrel of oil sands product. What’s more, most of the energy needed to make the stuff currently comes from natural gas, an energy-rich, clean fossil fuel.

“It’s like using caviar to make fake crab meat,” said Marlo Raynolds, executive director of the Pembina Institute, a Canadian environmental group.

Source: Alberta oil sands proving tough to develop – Oct. 6, 2006

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Energy, water, labor, the waste products, carbon products; sustainability is going to be a difficult concept for these industries to change to. If it wasn’t so damn profitable, (or close to the US), they would probably just leave it in the ground.

Image courtesy of CNN Money – links to site.


Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.