Exploring Alberta's Oil Sands

Posted on February 28, 2012
Toxins in the North Country

Suncor Energy's (SU) Millenium oil sand mining-and-refining site, with its tailing pond and earthen dam, lies adjacent to the Athabasca River near Fort McMurray, Alberta. The Athabasca deposit is the world's biggest reservoir of crude bitumen, a semi-solid form of crude oil. The proposed Keystone Pipeline would run from here to various destinations in the U.S.

Photograph by Robbie McClaran/Redux

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