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Tar Sands Threaten Groundwater

Posted by mhudema on July 28, 2008

Oilsands threaten groundwater
Conservation specialist warns steam blowout could contaminate massive Athabasca aquifer near Fort McMurray
Jennifer Yang
The Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON – Oilsands development could be putting one of Canada’s largest groundwater systems in peril, the Alberta Wilderness Association warned Saturday.

Many of the region’s oilsands projects sit directly below what’s believed to be the largest aquifer in the North American Plains region.

This immense system of underground water channels, which includes parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan, is an invaluable source of Canadian freshwater that feeds into several important waterways such as the Athabasca River.

Critics are particularly worried about oil projects taking place over aquifers that use an oil extraction method called Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage, or SAGD, commonly used in an area between Fort McMurray and Lac La Biche.

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Alberta ignores U.S. oil critics at its peril

Posted by mhudema on June 26, 2008

Don Martin, National Post Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Suncor oilsands, in Fort McMurray, Alta.Claudia Cataneo/National PostSuncor oilsands, in Fort McMurray, Alta.

There was a time when being Alberta’s man in Washington D.C. involved golf rounds and cocktail circuits of non-stop fun.

As America’s most reliable energy supplier, the province rated a red-carpet reception in a national capital thirsting for secure oil. Not any more.

Gary Mar is not yet a political pariah, but he’s running an Alberta office in the Canadian embassy that’s fighting negative perception battles on multiple fronts.

Arguably the brightest Cabinet minister to grace former premier Ralph Klein’s front bench for more than a dozen years, he’s been representing the province in the U.S. capital for less than a year now and finds himself under increasing siege by an organized environmental backlash against the Alberta oil sands.

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Hundreds Pack Upgrader Hearing

Posted by mhudema on June 24, 2008

Hundreds of concerned residents from Stratcona and Sturgeon counties pack a Fort Saskchewan hearing into a Petro Canada upgrader on June 23, 2008.

Hundreds flock to upgrader hearing in Fort Sask.

Amanda Ferguson, Updated: Mon Jun. 23 2008 17:10:26

ctvedmonton.ca

Hundreds of people packed a Fort Saskatchewan hall Monday knowing they won’t be able to have their say on a potential new oilsands upgrader for days.

Yet as they crowded into the room to sit in front of a three-member panel for the Energy Resources Conservation Board, they knew they were already getting their point across.

Armed with signs, masks and cheers — more than one hundred people took their cause to a local hotel to protest the latest in a growing list of upgrader projects slated for the Fort Hills area.

“I can’t even comprehend what that’s going to be,” local resident Wayne Groot said. “It’s just massive. We’re going to be inundated with huge amounts of traffic, noise, lights.”

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