America's First Tar Sands Mining Site

By David Hasemyer - 2012-10-26T19:43:55Z

Photograph by U.S. Oil Sands

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Surface Miner -- There is a battle over whether bitumen--a thick, tarry substance also known as tar sands oil--should be mined in Utah, which harbors the nation's largest oil sands deposits.

Once the bitumen seam is exposed, U.S. Oil Sands will use a surface miner similar to this one to extract the bitumen.

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