While energy extraction occurs all over Alberta, our oil and gas industry’s heartland is within our province’s thick, boreal forests.
As of 2019, nine oil sands mines are nestled in the Athabasca region’s northern woodland, where companies dig oil sands from the earth to refine into marketable bitumen. It’s the Alberta Energy Regulator’s job to ensure that they extract oil from the sand responsibly. Once companies have finished mining in an area, we also regulate how the land is returned to its original (or equivalent) state.
The Canadian Natural Resources Limited Horizon Oil Sands Mine spans over 284 square kilometres (just a little smaller than Mississauga, Ontario, yet still only a speck in the great expanse of forest). Horizon supports all stages of the mining process: mining, processing, and upgrading.
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Looks to me like a competently run facility to produce a product, That is manufactured into so many things that naysayers use to enhance their lives. Allowing them time to belittle the people and industry that provides so much for them.