Friday, September 02, 2016

The Canadian Oil Sands, Reinvented

Solvents to the rescue: How chemistry can save the oilsands industry

CALGARY – From nuclear bombs to radio waves, to a combustible "fire flooding" idea, scientists have tried, with some successes and many failures, to develop new and improved ways to pull oil from the oilsands since the 1970s. Researchers have abandoned the most explosive oilsands extraction ideas but major companies are increasingly confident in one new…