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Environmental Destructiveness

The development of the Canadian oil sands has been called the most environmentally destructive project on the planet. Here's why.

Click on the links below to find out how devastating the oils sands development is on the local ecosystem.

Global warming. The development of unconventional fossil fuels such as oil sands will push the planet into certain climate catastrophe. For the grave implications it has on global warming and climate change, click here.

Toxic tailings. To extract usable oil from the oil sands, intense processing is required that results in vast amounts of toxic waste deposited in tailing ponds. For more information, click here.

Water depletion. Oil sands processing consumes around twice as much water every day as Calgary, the capital city of Alberta. For more information, click here.

Water pollution. Will the toxins in the tailing ponds pollute the ground water? Click here for one take on that threat.

Danger of oil spills. The Canadian government is proposing a pipeline to its west coast. Oil spills would be devastating to the pristine boreal forests along the way. For more information, click here.

The (in)adequacy of regulations and enforcement. The government and the fossil fuel companies say they are protecting the environment. Should we believe them? Click here.

by Barnhill, David L last modified Sep 18, 2013 08:04 PM
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