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August 17, 2005 | eenews.net | Published News | Mary O'Driscoll, senior reporter
The view west from the top of the coker under
construction at the Syncrude plant, with a view
of one of the plant's tailings lakes.
Photo by Mary O'Driscoll.
ATHABASCA OIL SANDS, Alberta -- Nobody said sucking 175 million barrels of oil out of sand was going to be easy or tidy.And it isn't. Environmental challenges posed by massive operations that strip-mine forests and extract bitumen embedded in sand beneath are proving as vast as Alberta's tar sands region, an area the size of Florida.Questions about environmental protections abound. Can companies limit greenhouse gases and other air emissions from their tar sands operations? Can they separate oil from sand without...

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