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A word about the Canadian oilsands

Ok – some ducks drowned in a tailing pond. Ok – we cut down a lot of trees and dig big holes in the ground.  But we refill those holes, and we replant those trees, and in the meantime produce 1-2 million barrels a day of heavy oil most of which is exported to the US. It’s not dirty oil, it’s heavy oil, more like asphalt and it needs to be hydrogenated (upgraded) to become light oil and this is mostly done in US refineries. We buy most of our steel, pumps, boilers and other heat exchangers, electrical cable and instrumentation for these projects from the US. 

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