BY DEBORAH YEDLIN, CALGARY HERALD JUNE 13, 2012
Devon Canada's Jackfish in situ oilsands operation near Conklin is the sort of place with the potential to render even the most vocal of environmental organizations speechless.
That's because it is remarkably, unremarkable.
There is no drama here; no tailings ponds or massive mining operations to gawk at.
Instead, the well pads at the steam assisted gravity drainage operations are impossibly clean and shiny. Walk around the site and what becomes apparent is that the maze of pipes and boilers festooned with valves and dials looks more like a water-treatment facility than an oilsands production operation.
Truth is, it's a combination of both.