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Lindsay / 4,921 items
About ten years ago there was a corporate rebranding of the Athabasca tar sands. Apparently we're now supposed to call it the "oil sands" or oilfields or something. But I grew up in BC and we always called them the tar sands, as this souvenir attests. After my grandfather died I was emptying his house and I found this tar sands memento in his office.

Look at this stuff, then try to imagine how much solvent you'd have to add to it to make it flow through a pipeline. Once solvent's added the mixture is called "diluted bitumen" or "dilbit" and it's extremely toxic. This is what we call "dirty oil."

I've put this into Creative Commons - just attribute please! Thanks.
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  • Taken: Jul 2, 2014
  • Uploaded: May 17, 2015
  • Updated: Nov 3, 2017