What are the consequences of producing oil from tar sands?



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    Tar sands are mined to extract the oil-like bitumen, which is then converted into synthetic crude oil or refined directly into petroleum products by specialized refineries.

    One of the very toxic chemicals involved in this process of refinery are hydrogen sulfide, which may be fatal if inhaled. This gas may be severely irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract, causing lung injury. Inhalation of high concentrations may also cause respiratory paralysis, irregular heartbeat, collapse and even death! It poses a very serious inhalation hazard and is potentially fatal, building-up fluid in the lungs!

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