Originally Posted by Scottsman
Dead link. It must've been nuked.
Cool picture. I was flying over southern Alberta on the weekend. Saw a towering cumulus that was starting to anvil out. Pretty cool thing to see from 40,000 ft.
i dont know why it did that, it refers to another page so you can click on the link there, this is from the other wiki page:
Thermonuclear thinking: The most dramatic proposal for in situ production from deep oil sand deposits came from Richfield Oil Company. In 1959 Richfield suggested an experimental plan to release liquid hydrocarbons from the sand through the expedient of an underground nuclear explosion. The company proposed detonating a 9-kiloton explosive device below the oil sands at a site 100 kilometres south of Fort McMurray. Thermonuclear heat would create a large underground cavern and simultaneously liquefy the oil. The cavern could serve as a collection point for the now-fluid oil, enabling the company to produce it.
This idea came remarkably close to reality. The project received federal approval in Canada, and the United States Atomic Energy Commission agreed to provide the device. But before the experiment could take place, public pressure for an international ban on nuclear testing had mounted. The provincial government withheld approval and thus killed the plan.