and the sand is cleaned It is used to fill in the old mine areas and trees are planted.The coke is processed and usually used as a fuel.
And of course, all the energy they use to produce steam to release the sands comes from emission free moonbeams and the tailings ponds are used for recreation. Why all those trees they are planting are far nicer than all the ones they erase to get to the tar sands.
Except the ones killing wildlife and contaminating streams and, of course, releasing those lovely carcinogenic PAHs. But, as the Canadian government says, "yes, they are releasing PAHs, but once they go up in the air, we're sure they aren't dangerous."
Ever been there? There are piles of sulphur that look like apartment buildings. I'm sure there is no run off from them, either.And that's just the stuff they remove before trying to sell the petcoke:
Petcoke is over 90 percent carbon and emits 5 to 10 percent more carbon dioxide (CO2) than coal on a per-unit-of-energy basis when it is burned. As petcoke has a higher energy content, petcoke emits between 30 and 80 percent more CO2 than coal per unit of weight.
It is being shipped to China to use to make the steel for the pipes TCPL will use to build the pipeline.