Before we investigate the impacts of tar sands spills on people, we are going to have to learn a great deal more about the oil sands physical characteristics at their source. This information will provide a key to understanding the unique and complex circumstances of the Mayflower spill and why it was so important to disguise the Wabasca Heavy Crudes true nature.
Figure 1 Wabasca Oil Sands Index Map
Source: Rigzone 2005i
Figure 2 Wabasca Field Well Locations and Subsurface Trajectories
Source: Legacy 2013ii