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Environmentalists’ report to call for Ottawa to act on oil sands

Posted by mhudema on February 15, 2008

From Friday’s Globe and Mail

OTTAWA — Alberta’s oil sands are the most destructive project on Earth, causing environmental damage well beyond provincial borders, a new report says.

From acid rain falling in Saskatchewan to toxic pollution spewing from Ontario oil refineries, a report to be released this morning by Toronto-based Environmental Defence calls on Ottawa to act where Alberta will not.

The environmentalists will be joined by two Alberta native leaders, who will describe first hand how oil sands pollution is affecting fish and water on their traditional lands.

Titled Canada’s Toxic Tar Sands, the detailed report argues oil sands projects are violating existing Canadian laws such as the Fisheries Act.

“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 Defence, writes in the report’s introduction. “No matter where you live in Canada, your desire to tackle global warming is being held hostage by the Tar Sands.”

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