STOP: Stop Tar Sands Operations Permanently

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Posted by mhudema on June 27, 2008

Suncor Energy Inc. and other oil companies have their work cut out for them in promoting an eco-friendly image of Alberta’s tar sands.

Environmental groups are cranking up their efforts to counter the public relations campaign launched recently by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

This week, Greenpeace Canada set up a spoof website,, which includes a satiric travelogue encouraging visitors to surf on water diverted from the province’s rivers to the oil sands, parasail on “the unique coal-bed methane and sour gas updrafts,” and fish in the polluted tailing ponds.

The idea, said Greenpeace spokeswoman Jessica Wilson, is to provide a humorous antidote to the industry’s campaign, which Greenpeace labels as “greenwashing.”

Greenpeace wants people to be aware of the destruction caused by the oil sands, and it wants work on the development to be slowed, she said.

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