Argument: Oil sand will be increasingly drilled for, not mined
Tom Huffaker. "The case for optimism: Some perspective on oil sands." San Francisco Chronicle. October 09, 2009: "Another missing piece of context is that although mining will provide the bulk of production over the near-term, most of the growth in oil sands development will come from drilling rather than mining projects, using innovative technologies with minimal surface impact and no tailings ponds."