Derek Dowsett is the Producer of the County Seat. Now entering his 11th season of the program, he has received what he considers a "Crash Course" in County Government.

We’ve talked about the oil sands operation that is gearing up for production at PR Spring before but we haven’t been able to really go in depth into the processes involved in the production of unconventional oil resources.

This weekend Chad Booth sits down with Barclay Cuthbert, US Oil Sands and Rikki Hrenko-Browing, Enefit to talk about the process of extracting oil products from Oil Shale and Oil Sands. How much water will it take? What are the impacts on the environment? What options are available for reclamation after mining has occurred?

1:19 – How are Oil Sands and Oil Shale Different?

2:22 – Oil Shale production

6:22 – How are oil sands in Utah different than in Canada?

9:27 – Reclamation efforts

11:18 – What are the water requirements ?

12:55 – How much energy is required ?

16:40 – How has technology changed?

23:12 – How much resource is there?

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