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Toxic Tailing Pools

In extracting oil from the tar sands, huge amounts of "tailings" are created and deposited in vast tailing pools.


Are the tailing pools environmentally safe? Here is what the Pembina Institute says:

"In 2009, new rules were released by Alberta’s energy regulator to help manage growing volumes of toxic tailings waste from oilsands mining. As of 2013, not a single company is complying with those rules. This fact sheet reviews the current state of tailings waste in Alberta, and makes three recommendations for the new Alberta Energy Regulator to help ensure that resource development in the province is efficient, safe and responsible." (

Click here for Pembina Institute's fact sheet "Losing Ground: Why the problem of oilsands tailings waste keeps growing" (August 19, 2013). 6 pages.


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