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Report: Alberta Oil Sands Most Destructive Project on Earth
February 19, 2008
By Christopher Hatch and Matt Price
Posted 2009 Updated February 10, 2011
Environmental Defense [ of Canada ] has released a report calling the Alberta Oil Sands the most destructive project on Earth.
"Few Canadians know that Canada is home to one of the world's largest dams and it is built to hold toxic waste from just one Tar Sands operation," Rick Smith, the executive director of Environmental Defense.
And according to the report this is just the beginning. Approvals have already been given that will double the size of existing operations and Canada's leaders have been talking with the US government to grow oil sands operations in a "short time span."
Even a former Premier of Alberta is concerned. Peter Lougheed who served as Premier from 1971 to 1985 was recently quoted on the oil sands as saying: ... it is just a moonscape. It is wrong in my judgment, a major wrong... So it is a major, major federal and provincial issue."
However, there is a silver lining in all this. A recent Canadian parliamentary committee recently stated that:
"A business as usual approach to the development of the oil sands is not sustainable. The time has come to begin the transition to a clean energy future."
Here are is how Syncrude company is extracting oil from shale: Koerner
1. Syncrude shovels excavate thousands of tons of soil and clay, creating a 150-foot pit for mining the oil sands below.
Environmental Defense’s report highlights the environmental and human health effects of the Tar Sands. And, outlines what the federal government should do to clean it up.Download the full copy of Environmental Defence report: Download
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