Oil sands improving on environment, but new technology takes time

The questions, of course, are whether they are doing enough, whether we have enough time, and whether we are just trying to polish the proverbial ball of shit. Opinions will vary.

Lightbrown is one of many presenters at the World Heavy Oil Congress this week at Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre, where the technical showcase begins Wednesday. Environmental themes are prominent in the program as industry seeks to satisfy growing expectations from both the public and government regulators.

Progress is happening. But most acknowledge it’s a slow and incremental process.