Is the Tar Sands project using any carbon capturing technology?



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    Yes. By the “Tar Sands Project” I assume you mean the commercial exploitation of the Athabasca Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada, which is the largest field of oil sands currently in production. Production of crude oil from oil sands or “tar sands” as they are often called is extremely energy-intensive and has a huge carbon footprint. Mindful of this, the government of Alberta in 2008 instituted a $2 billion project to create initiatives to capture and sequester carbon to offset the excess production of carbon from tar sands extraction. Throughout 2008 and 2009 the Alberta provincial government accepted proposals for this sort of technology, and in July 2009 announced funding would go to four specific projects: the Swan Hills Synfuels in-situ coal gasification (ISCG) project, the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line that will transport captured carbon dioxide, the Shell Quest project which is similar, and Project Pioneer which will capture CO2 and sequester it underground. All of these projects work on the principle of injecting captured carbon dioxide into old depleted reservoirs. The second link I’m posting below is a video that explains how it works.

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