It's not everyday that you see a 2.08 million pound monstrosity on the highway. YouTube user, 181josh uploaded a video of exactly that to the site and within two days hit 300,000 views.
This massive metal tube, presumably an industrial fractional distillation column holding petroleum, was recorded heading to Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada for installation. It took five semi trucks to tow the load along the closed-to-traffic highway.
Fort McMurray is an urban service area conveniently located near the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world's largest single oil sand deposit. Oil sands contain bitumen, a sticky and heavy form of petroleum found most often in dirt and sand. In 2013, the production from the oil sands accounted for more than half of Canadian oil output, according to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and is a large contributor to the economic state of the entire providence.
Unfortunately, this area of Alberta and this process of converting naturally found petroleum into usable energy is in the midst of a financial crisis thanks to the declining price of oil, according to the New York Times. What once drew the world's top energy companies and nearly $200 billion in investments, is declining at a worrisome rate. Read more about it here.