N. American unconventional oil a potential energy bridge

The US and Canada together can claim enormous volumes of oil in place, but most of it is locked in unconventional resources, primarily oil shale in the US and oil sands in Canada. Nonetheless, US Department of Energy officials claim, “These resources can serve as North America’s energy bridge to the future until other energy resources and technologies can be developed and commercialized.”Of the two resources, Can-ada’s oil sands deposits are the more productive. Alberta has massive deposits of oil sands-a mix of sand, clay, water, and bitumen, a black, asphalt-like hydrocarbon as thick as molasses-that account for most of the province’s crude reserves.Analyst...

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