Oil Sands

My journey to Alberta to learn more about the Oil Sands.

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Pipeline segments heading north into the Oil Sands.

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North of Fort McMurray, highway exits are marked by mine names. Next stop, Suncor.

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Enbridge storage tank facility near Suncor operation.

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Suncor Oil Sands Operation north of Fort McMurray.

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Syncrude East Mine Reclamation.

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Syncrude operation from other side of the East Mine Reclamation zone.

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Syncrude operation up close.

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Employee housing next to Suncor facility.

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Syncrude Oil Sands operation from across tailings pond.

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Syncrude plant to the left. East mine on the right.

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One of hundreds of coach buses taking employees to Oil Sands.

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Set for takeoff in a small prop plane.

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The scale of this project is so immense, it is impossible to comprehend.

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Notice the fragmentation of the land. This is Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) in the OilSands.

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Another perspective of SAGD. Cleaner Oil Sands? Although less visually destructive, this method is death by 1000 cuts.

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More SAGD operations from my flight over the Oil Sands.

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Oil Sands worker camps. Thousands of people live here.

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One of the Oil Sands open pit mines from above.

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The Oil Sands are growing exponentially, with little regard for the environment and people downstream.

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Tailings ponds scattered across the Oil Sands. Most are elevated above the Athabasca River.

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When will we realize it’s time to slow down? The pace of this operation is unsustainable.

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Trucks the size of a two storey house are all but a speck on the land.

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