Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Assess the Tar Sands

Alastair Sweeny, author of Black Bonanza says that we should assess the Athabasca watershed to see if there is pollution in the river, where is it from, and if it's a risk to us. The problem is that this should have been done a long time ago. The oil producers claim that the tar sands pose no health risk to Canadians. What does Mr. Sweeny have to say on this issue? "We don't know." For years, the tar sands have been harvested. Why we do not officially know whether the tar sands contribute to pollution in the Athabasca river remains a mystery to me.
A U.S. senator has called it "Canada's national treasure." It's been demonized by environmentalists as the "worst project in the world." Maude Barlow likens it to Mordor in Lord of the Rings -- a place where nature goes to die.
It's the Athabasca Sands, the largest single deposit of oil on the planet, and all you have to do it dig it up, wash off the oil, or extract it using underground steam, and then clean up when you leave.
Read more at the Ottawa Citizen.
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