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Cleveland-Sized Mine Signals the Path for an Oil-Sands Revival

Robert Tuttle
Cleveland-Sized Mine Signals the Path for an Oil-Sands Revival

A colossal Canadian oil-sands project may be showing the way forward for an industry many thought would never see new investments. In a forest clearing roughly the size of Cleveland, building-sized trucks dump tons of oily soil into a massive crushing facility, while conveyors move the dirt on the other end to a plant where hot water and solvents will turn it into heavy crude for U.S. refineries. Welcome to Fort Hills, a Suncor Energy Inc. oil-sands mine in northern Alberta that had its formal opening on Monday.