sparkwiththelark – A Tour of the Alberta Oilsands with CAPP (Day 1 of 2)

I have launched a new and dedicated blog on the Alberta oil sands. It is intended to be a simple, quick and fun read for all readers. I hope you will check it out and follow my other blog as well.

Spark With the Lark

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) invited me to join a group of bloggers and academic journalists on a tour of the oil sands of northern Alberta in November of 2012. The journey begins at Fort McMurray, Alberta.

fort mcm

After arriving at the venue for our meetup all members of the tour were introduced to each other. Most represented an environment strategy group based out of USA. There was also a film crew of Los Angeles and two academic researchers. And there was me, the random local blogger dude. A fun diverse lot I would say.

On our first day we took a charter flight to view a Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) operation named Christina Lake, partly owned by the Canadian firm, Cenovus [more on SAGD operations on a future blog post here]. In simple terms, SAGD inserts pipes in to the ground to reach the partially solid…

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