OIL SANDS: Ala. seeks funding to study state's potential Mike Lee, E&E reporter Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's administration plans to spend $1 million to assess the viability of the state's oil sands. Please subscribe to EnergyWire to read the full story. Username: Password: Forgot your access codes? Recover them. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a trial. Ready to subscribe? Click here.