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10 Ten Facts on the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on July 7, 2008

Top 10 Facts About the Alberta Oil Sands

<!– | –>1. Oil sands mining is licensed to use twice the amount of fresh water that the entire city of Calgary uses in a year.


2. At least 90% of the fresh water used in the oil sands ends up in tailing lakes so toxic that propane cannons are used to keep ducks from landing in them.


3. A 2003 report concluded that “an accident related to the failure of one of the oil sands tailings lakes could have catastrophic impact in the aquatic ecosystem of the Mackenzie River Basin due to the size of these ponds and their proximity to the Athabasca River.”


4. In April, 2008 a flock of migrating ducks landed on a tar sands toxic lake and died.


5. Processing the oil sands uses enough natural gas in a day to heat 3 million homes in Canada.


6. The toxic tailing ponds are considered one of the largest human-made structures in the world. The ponds span 50 square kilometers and can be seen from space.


7. Producing a barrel of oil from the oil sands produces three times more greenhouse gas emissions than a barrel of conventional oil.


8. The oil sands operations are the fastest growing source of heat-trapping greenhouse gas in Canada. By 2020 the oil sands will release twice the amount produced currently by all the cars and trucks in Canada.


9. The Alberta Oil Sands Operation are the largest single point source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.


10. By 2015, the Alberta Oil Sands are expected to emit more greenhouse gases than the nation of Denmark (pop. 5.4 million).

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