alberta oil sands

Hundreds of Migratory Ducks Trapped on Toxic Oil Sands Pond

If the fact that the Alberta Oil Sands are the largest point source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada isn't enough to get you to stand up and take notice, maybe the ducks trapped and dying in the toxic tailing ponds will.

The oil sands are licensed to use more fresh water in a year than the entire City of Calgary (about the same size as Austin, Texas) and 90% of that fresh water ends up in massive tailing ponds, so large that that they are considered one of the largest human-made structures in the world.

DeSmog Oil Sands "Arctic Front" Spotted in New Delhi

The latest sighting of Arctic Front polar bear activity has been in our outpost in New Delhi.

As regular readers know, we have an army of big, mad polar bears deployed across Canada that can pop up anytime to raise awareness about the damaging environmental impacts of the Alberta Oil Sand operations.

But did you know we now have outposts in New Delhi, Romania, Israel, the United Kingdom, Australia and many other countries around the world?

We'll keep you posted. If you would like to keep up-to-date on the Arctic Front and other DeSmog activities, consider signing up for our weekly DeSmog newsletter by going here.

Check out the Arctic Front Facebook Group

If you haven't heard about our latest DeSmog project, the Arctic Front, you can read all about it in our special DeSmogBlog section.  

And if you're a big Facebook-er (who isn't these days), please join our Arctic Front Facebook group and add your name to the growing number of people (almost 200 already!) concerned about the environmental impacts of the Alberta oil sands. 

Petro Firms Seek Partial Oil-Sands Moratorium

Apparently we polar bears aren't the only ones asking the Alberta government to “press pause” on breakneck oil-sands development. Even some oil companies believe that certain areas should be spared the teeth of their power shovels, a Globe and Mail report reveals.

This Oil Sands Campaign Could Show Up Anywhere in Alberta

So we FINALLY got our Arctic Front polar bear outfits and they have already been deployed to unknown regions throughout Alberta.

I mean these guys could show up anywhere. Keep an eye out here for any “politician-polar bear interfaces” that are expected to occur very soon.

You can also check out our “Arctic Front” Flickr photo section here for updated event photos.

Report: Alberta Oil Sands Most Destructive Project on Earth

Environmental Defence has released a report calling the Alberta Oil Sands the most destructive project on Earth.

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.

And according to the report this is just the beginning. Approvals have already been given that will double the size of existing operations and Canada's leaders have been talking with the US government to grow oil sands operations in a “short time span.”

Alberta Premier's "Mythical" Tar Sands Tour Attacked By Polar Bear - and a few facts

Stelmach in DC

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach was in Washington, DC today hyping his province's vast reserves of oil-soaked tar sand. Not everyone was applauding Stelmach, and rightly so.

New report: Alberta Tar Sand Companies Undermining Our Environment

A survey released today by the Alberta-based Pembina Institute and the World Wildlife Fund finds that companies involved in the development of the Alberta tar sands are seriously lacking when it comes to protecting our environment.

Tar sand companies were invited to respond to a survey based on 20 different environmental indicators in five categories: environmental management, land impacts, air pollution, water use and management of greenhouse gases.

The results are embarrassing and Canadians should be outraged that so much profit is being made with so little concern for the impact it's having on our environment.

Are Tar Sands Hazardous to Our Health?

High illness rate near oilsands worrisome, says Alberta health official 

CBC News, March 10, 2006 

A medical examiner in Alberta wants to know why there are reports of serious illnesses, including a rare cancer, in a small First Nations community near the province's oilsands.  


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