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The relentless search for oil has led explorers to the boreal forest of northeastern Alberta, among the jack pines and black spruce trees an hour’s drive from the boom town of Fort McMurray. Kelly Hansen, operations manager at ConocoPhillips’s $1 billion Surmont oil-sands plant, holds up the prize: a beaker of sticky black “synbit,” a 50-50 blend of bitumen (a viscous, tarlike petroleum) and synthetic oil.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-11-03 16:34:03
Description The relentless search for oil has led explorers to the boreal forest of northeastern Alberta, among the jack pines and black spruce trees an hour’s drive from the boom town of Fort McMurray. Kelly Hansen, operations manager at ConocoPhillips’s $1 billion Surmont oil-sands plant, holds up the prize: a beaker of sticky black “synbit,” a 50-50 blend of bitumen (a viscous, tarlike petroleum) and synthetic oil.
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Source Christian Science Monitor
Keyword Tar sand, Oil sand, sands
Date Of Record Creation 2009-11-03 16:29:36
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Date Last Modified 2010-06-15 16:05:27
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-11-03 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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