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Separated from the sand

Everything is mega-sized in northern Alberta. One of the world’s largest shovels dumps tar sand into the planet’s biggest truck. The truck will haul raw tar sand to a conveyer belt so the oil can be separated from the sand by adding heat and wa...

Image - sebazistan - 24/11/2008 - 17:26 - 2 comments

Bitumen picked from the ground

Bitumen - or tar sand - picked from the ground at Shell’s Albian Sands mine. With current technology, more than 173 billion barrels of oil can be extracted from bitumen in northern Alberta....

Image - sebazistan - 24/11/2008 - 17:28 - 2 comments

Caterpillar 797B

Workers repair a Caterpillar 797B, the world’s largest truck. The Albian Sands mine employs more than 30 of these vehicles and has more on order....

Image - sebazistan - 24/11/2008 - 17:29 - 2 comments

Shell’s Albian Sands mine

A truck hauls bitumen at Shell’s Albian Sands mine near Ft. McMurray, Alberta....

Image - sebazistan - 24/11/2008 - 17:30 - 2 comments

Tar sands oil at the Albian Sands mine

Dump trucks and shovels extract tar sands oil at the Albian Sands mine, owned partially by Shell. Extracting three barrels of oil from the sands requires the energy equivalent of one barrel of oil....

Image - sebazistan - 24/11/2008 - 17:31 - 2 comments

One of the world’s largest shovels

Journalists gawk at the Bucyrus 495 HF, one of the world’s largest shovels, capable of lifting 100 tons of tar sand per load....

Image - sebazistan - 24/11/2008 - 17:33 - 2 comments

Michael Mercredi

Michael Mercredi, a member Athabasca Chipewyan/Dene First Nation from Fort Chipewayn, a community of some 1200 aboriginals located downstream from the tar sands. Mercredi, a former oil sands worker, says the development is killing people in his community....

Image - sebazistan - 24/11/2008 - 17:34 - 2 comments

Repairing a Caterpillar 797B

Workers repair a Caterpillar 797B, the world’s largest truck. The Albian Sands mine employs more than 30 of these vehicles and has more on order....

Image - sebazistan - 24/11/2008 - 17:37 - 2 comments

Members of Athabasca Chipewyan/Dene First Nation

A meeting of members of Athabasca Chipewyan/Dene First Nation from Fort Chipewayn, a community of some 1200 aboriginals located downstream from the tar sands....

Image - sebazistan - 24/11/2008 - 17:44 - 2 comments

Mike Mercredi on his time working in the tar sands

Mike Mercredi, member of the Athabasca Dene first nation speaks about his experience working in the tar sands and the impact of the tar sands on his community Ft. Chipewyan.  Members of the community claim that tar sands extraction has caused a much h...

Video - sebazistan - 15/12/2008 - 15:58 - 2 comments

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