Alabama governor oil sands resources study

The governors of Mississippi and Alabama say the two states will partner to study oil sands resources.

Oil sands is a sandy mixture found below the surface containing bitumen. After extracting the sand, the bitumen can be transformed into crude oil that can be refined.

A news release says Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced the partnership Saturday while speaking to the Southern States Energy Board during a meeting in Mobile, Ala.