Brandt: I put quite a bit of work into trying to understand what was going on there. It looks like…their fuel mix is a little different.
ICN: And by fuel mix, you mean the natural gas used to mine the bitumen?
Brandt: Yes, or the diesel used to drive the trucks. Whatever fuel is consumed during the process—that's what generates the emissions.
ICN: Can you compare the amount of energy used to produce a barrel of oil sands fuel with the amount of energy gained from burning that barrel of fuel?
Brandt: I'm going to be looking at that this summer. We're working on a study.