PRINCE GEORGE, BC, Oct. 8, 2020 (Prince George Citizen ) -Contrary to popular belief, decomposing dinosaurs are not what formed the world’s oil and gas deposits.
Crude oil and natural gas were being made into fossil fuels eons before the dinosaurs ruled the earth and are the remains of plants and animals that fell to ocean floors and were then covered up under layers of sediment as they decomposed. Over time, those deposits were subjected to heat and pressure that changed them into hydrocarbons and other organic compounds.
While that process took millions of years, Canfor research engineer Faye Cuadra and her team at Intercontinental Pulp in Prince George are figuring out ways drastically shrink the time required, using forestry and pulp mill waste as the source material. The technology is already proven to work and Cuadra’s work in the lab is refining the process that will take wet organic material produced as byproducts of the pulp mill and convert that fuel for transportation.
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