They prefer we associate tar sands with pastoral scenes like the one above from Suncor’s research wetlands. They don’t want us to think about the “long overlooked byproduct of Canada’s oil sands boom.
A Black Mound of Canadian Oil Waste Is Rising Over Detroit, Ian Austen, New York Times, May 2013:
“Detroit’s ever-growing black mountain is the unloved, unwanted and long overlooked byproduct of Canada’s oil sands boom.
“And no one knows quite what to do about it, except Koch Carbon, which owns it.
“…The company sells the high-sulfur, high-carbon waste, usually overseas, where it is burned as fuel.
“An initial refining process known as coking, which releases the oil from the tarlike bitumen in the oil sands, also leaves the petroleum coke, of which Canada has 79.8 million tons stockpiled. Some is dumped in open-pit oil sands mines and tailing ponds in Alberta. Much is just piled up there.”