Check the Plumbing

building a basic framework for the Devonian beneath the oil sands


In my kick-off to this series on the Devonian beneath the oil sands, I introduced the interval and explored its relevance to the development of the bitumen resource held in the sands of the McMurray. I follow up with a more in-depth look at the geology and hydrology. Continue reading “Check the Plumbing”

Under the Sandbox

kicking off a series on the Devonian beneath the oil sands

Almost all of Canadian oil reserves are held as bitumen in Alberta (97% according to CAPP’s Statistical Handbook). Extraction of this heavy oil, especially the resource in the McMurray formation in the Athabasca region, has received more than its share of media attention as its development has been politicized. Continue reading “Under the Sandbox”