The Athabasca Oil Sands (also known colloquially known as the Athabasca Tar Sands) are large deposits of bitumen, or extremely heavy crude oil, located in north eastern Alberta, Canada. These oil sand deposits lie under 141,000 square kilometres (54,000 sq mi) of sparsely populated boreal forest and muskeg (peat bogs). That’s an area roughly the size of the UK. This film covers an interview with an expert on the current situation that is developing round the extraction of oil in this area, and the damage it is creating to the people, wildlife and the forests. We also follow the documentary team as the deliver their petition to the major oil companies involved. The PTV tree goes into action again! Extracting oil from sand used to be hugely un-economical but as the oil price rockets, the companies have started extraction again. It is estimated that in traditional oil drilling, it takes one barrel to produce seventeen more, in tar sands, one barrel will get you only three more, whilst it is much more toxic process to the environment. Do we really need this oil?document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);
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