[ View the story "Canada's dirty dividends" on Storify] Canada's dirty dividends Are environmental concerns a sticking point for Canada's tar sands?
The Stream· Wed, Aug 14 2013 12:02:59
An underground leak at a tar sands site near Cold Lake, Alberta has been seeping oil since May. Canadian Natural Resources Limited - the company which runs the site - has apologised and
a clean-up is underway
. So far 1 million litres of an oily emulsion known as bitumen have seeped into the forest.
'Nobody understands' spills at Alberta oil sands operationOil spills at a major oil sands operation in Alberta have been ongoing for at least six weeks and have cast doubts on the safety of under...
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So far 1,000,000 litres have leaked from the unstoppable spill in Alberta. With an estimated 40 mil cleanup cost, that's $40 for every literRalphiecat
1Mil. litres of spilled bitumen from tar sands spill &no end in sight &no clue how to stop it. Corporate/government crimes against CanadiansKevin Aubie
Netizens are concerned with the lack of transparency surrounding the spill:
@Premier_Redford why did #Alberta energy regulator not give full details of #CNRL ongoing spill? 30+ animals dead? #ablegMike Hudema
CNRL admits "we weren’t communicating quickly enough to public” about oil spill. Ahem, you mean cover-up didn't work.
The tar sands, also known as the oil sands, have long been the
of criticism from environmental activists.
Wrong Way - Alberta Tar SandsEvolveLove
Reality Check: Canada's Oil Sandstarsandssolutions
Tar sands-related industries provide jobs for
across Canada. This number is expected to grow to 905,000 by 2035. New tar sands development is expected to contribute more than
to the Canadian economy over the next 25 years.
Some Canadians have expressed frustration with what they view as a lack of regulation in the industry.
Selling #tarsands w/o enviro regulations is like selling cars when there's no road regulations! #cdnpoli #ableg #onpoli #uspolidatatect
Others point out the economic
of the tar sands:
Ok so you want more budget but want to shut down the "tar sands"??! Um ur in ALBERTA! Where is our money gonna come fr? Pro sports??? #factdani
What's the problem? We've made it abundantly clear that cheap energy is a top priority for us. What's a few hundreds acres of forest compared to this?Kerguidou
Enbridge Review Panel Noise DemoCaelie_Frampton
Tar Sands Healing Walk
is an annual ceremony that calls attention to the environment and people affected by the industry's expansion.
A Healing Walk through Canada's Tar Sands DystopiaCree organizer Clayton Thomas-Muller provides a deeply personal account of a ceremonial healing walk through the broken landscape of Cana...
4th annual healing walkpembina.institute
Tar Sands Healing Walk 2013fiercelightfilms
The Dene Nation has announced a call to action to stop traffic on the main highway to the Fort McMurray tar sands site on August 24.
Shut Down the Tar Sands Highway!unistotencamp
The government of Alberta ran a "Tell it like it is"
to show their side of the tar sands story.
Alberta's First Nations people in the oil sands regionYourAlberta
tar sands, Albertahowlmontreal
Fort McMurray, Alberta - Operation Arctic ShadowKris Krug
The Stream asked its community how the oil industry is affecting Canada:
I'm from the Cold Lake First Nations reserve, and anytime I think or read more about the little information being, for the lack of a better word 'leaked' from the CLAWR range I become seriously irate. This type of damage done to my homeland is unacceptable, a cousin who used to work in the CNRL sites told me they do not care about the environment. He said once he went to work and there was a small, but prominent spill at the well and all they told them was to grab a shovel, scoop it up and throw it over the berm and carry on with their day. Things like that would not fly at the Esso plants/sites. Makes me sick!Jillian Noel
@AJStream I live in an Oil Sands town--the mining has a detrimental effect on health up here. Yes job creation but at the cost of life.Sana Saeed
Thousands and Thousands of Families are Benefiting from All over Canada.. 1st.. there are Canadians that moved to the Sands for Jobs that are higher paying than in some of our more economically stagnant areas. 2nd. There are Huge Transfer Payments from Alberta which is now a Have Province to some of our Have Not Provinces like the one I live in. So. Alberta pays more in taxation on a per capita basis than the average province does in Canada. So that helps with our Federal Health Program and our Education System.. 3rd. There are more Trees in that region because of Planting after the sands are harvested for oil.. 4th. We All win because Less Oil is Shipped from the Middle East in Huge Ships that are Costly to Run and in my opinion pose more of a Danger from a potential HUGE Oil Spill in an ocean.John Leonard
@AJStream there is very little enforcement and outdated fines, no matter the severity. Prov + Fed Gov'ts are pro big oil.Glen type guy
i live somewhat close to there and i'm certainly not benefiting! don't know anyone who is, to be honest. i heard it was china, kuwait, the gazillionaires who own the oil companies and, to a lesser extent, our "esteemed" prime minister and his cronies.Toni Mcintyre
The oil industry is as opaque as the black-gold they mine @ajstreamSir Charles