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No Crude Joke Here: Scientists Show How They Can Transform Heavy Crude Oil Easily and Cheaply

KTVA -- JUNEAU — In a crowded committee room in the Capitol, petrochemical scientist Steve Yarbro held up a vial of refined oil, the product of a new process he’s engineering.

The attending lawmakers took turns Thursday holding the vial up against the light, inspecting the watery dark amber liquid with keen interest.

Yarbro explained how lab tests have proved super-heated, super-pressurized water can turn sticky, viscious heavy crude, of which there are billions of barrels on the North Slope, into much more valuable medium and light crude.

The super-heated water breaks down the complex, long chains of molecules contained in heavy oil and transforms it into light, watery crude.

“The process costs about $5 a barrel,” he said. “If you upgrade it and you get an extra 20 to 25 dollars per barrel,


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HawaiianGuy
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:24:18 AM

Only $5/barrel? That should be good for, ohhhh, about a dollar more per gallon at the pump.
sarasotasingle
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 10:06:40 PM

REALLY ?
bby
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 7:17:49 AM

Ok
joko0
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 4:03:03 AM

Interesting
JMW1942
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 12:27:12 AM

Bring it on.
billwho
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 11:57:57 PM

Twenty first century hard at work. Why so long ? Not enough money till now?
snagged
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 11:53:30 PM

Do it.
bvrbill
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 10:46:58 PM

This technology sounds promising.
DABEE1073
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 10:36:59 PM

CHEAP is not in the oil companies vocabulary.
ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 10:36:20 PM

Interesting. Hope this works.
SandeeC
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 10:10:39 PM

Great to hear! Let's get 'er done!
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:57:21 PM

Yay science
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:50:22 PM

Sounds more like another 'mouse milk' in the offing.
DrGasPain
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:48:37 PM

If this works its just another step closer to energy independence for the good ole US of A and another thorn in the side of environmentalists and your president that don't want to see cheap oil so that wind and solar can genuinely compete.
alkarn
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:45:10 PM

Double Hmmm.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:44:56 PM

Develop it...
Blue48
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:40:48 PM

COOL!
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 8:56:57 PM

I can't believe the refineries didn't know about this and making more profits with it. Unless they could make more by keeping quiet.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 8:14:52 PM

ə “no ‘crude’ joke”?
bad!
but if the idea is workable, it would make the extraction easier. ə
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 8:04:27 PM

What is this a joke.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 8:03:28 PM

ok
knot2swift
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 8:03:21 PM

Better get working on it Steve!
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 8:00:38 PM

ha ha
PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:59:54 PM

petrochemical scientist Steve Yarbro ---------> Snake oil salesman.

Watch out, Alaska.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:57:45 PM

Get busy, this needs to happen PDQ.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:56:38 PM

Humancry, you're so on the money about them wanting to wipe the little people (big oil and corporations) right out of existence.

Oil by the barrel is $96.86 making them money big time and the gas stations and the consumers poorer every day. Let’s hope they get squeezed out BIG TIME.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:56:05 PM

More energy spent to waste ore energy. Sort of like ethanol production.
walkingtall
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:54:47 PM

No crude joke here:scientists show how they can transform heavy crude oil easily and cheaply and lets see if big oil companies let this progress.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:53:41 PM

dhan quick
Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:53:35 PM

Someone is working to figure this thing out...

Either:
1. he'll be successful and make billions
2. he'll be assassinated by Big Oil or the Big Three
3. his patent will be bought out and buried by Big Oil
Double_Golden
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:53:00 PM

just big oil greed saids all...
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:52:35 PM

Gotta start someplace. There hasn't been any other new technique tried in a while.
humancry
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:48:15 PM

Yeah lets do this but will it bring our prices down NO!!! Because big oil and corporations want to the little people right out of existence
skb69sa
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:47:51 PM

Why are they not doing it? Waiting for grants?
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:47:39 PM

echo Spirits
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:46:48 PM

Talk is cheap.
race2IT
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:46:15 PM

Ok, ok, let's get the ball rolling, if that's the case. Thicker the oil, more they can squeeze the oil companies out. I’m love that, and wow, no drilling saving money big time and the environment!!!
PontiacFan
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:45:29 PM

Cool
ShudBWalking
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:44:45 PM

Then use it to keep the costs of gasoline down
Badgerjy
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:44:08 PM

seems to me it would easier to use this process at a refinery, rather then the well head, or storage terminal.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:42:22 PM

If it provable and works with more than one application, investors will be there.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:42:09 PM

Ok
mplato
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:41:08 PM

heavy crude is a good thing
biggyhy
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:41:01 PM

see if big oil lets this progess
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:40:01 PM

Thats something that might result in a very useful product from the multi-billions (not millions) of barrels of thick tar-like oil which are not very economical to produce now.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:39:36 PM

Good...start drilling...
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:37:36 PM

So... Genius? ...or.... Con Man?
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:32:58 PM

Thanks for posting this article!
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Let's rock and roll.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:27:33 PM

Hope it works successfully!
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:26:42 PM

Sounds like a money maker!
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