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Tall Chimneys Bleed Waste-Burning Gases Into The Atmosphere ..
Two million square miles at the top of the northern hemisphere that’s home to 140,000 species of plants, wildlife, insects and micro-organisms.
The Canadian forest in Alberta is second only to the Amazon in size.
It’s critical in absorbing the Earth’s mounting deposits of carbon dioxide and carbon.
Over 500 Indian tribes have lived and hunted here for thousands of years.
Where once stood towering spruce and conifer are now lifeless sand dunes, the landscape a sickly black.
The search for tar sand deep below the forest floor, is the third-largest oil field in the world.
More trees are culled as the mine spreads.
Tall chimneys bleed waste-burning gases into the atmosphere.
It takes two tons of tar sand to produce just one barrel of oil, which is then refined into petroleum.
Around 1.6 million barrels of oil are produced every day.
The oil companies, with British support, hope to increase that seven-fold in coming years.
But according to environmentalists this is the dirtiest oil anywhere in the world.
Up to five barrels of water are needed to extract every barrel of oil.
Worse still, a gallon of petrol produced from the sands releases 20% more carbon dioxide than conventional oil.
The European Union tried to label the tar sands as a dirty fuel because of the increased emissions, but amid intense lobbying from the Canadian government and oil companies the vote ended in stalemate.
Locals claim that evaporation from the ponds results in acid rain and that the toxins seep into water supplies.
Fisherman started to notice problems with their catches – fish with large heads and small bodies, lesions, boils and oversized jaws.
They tasted of oil.
When they boiled river water it left brown sediment in the kettle.
Elevated Levels Of Mercury And Arsenic In The Local Fishes ..
A report, ‘Does the Alberta Tar Sands Industry Pollute?’ in the Open Conservation Biology Journal found increased mercury in walleye fish, higher than Canadian health recommendations, and levels of hydrocarbons that are known to cause cancer.
The report stated: “Elevated levels of mercury and arsenic in the local fishes are a concern’.
It concluded: ‘Arsenic is a known carcinogen linked with human bile duct, urinary tract and skin cancers, vascular diseases and Type 2 Diabetes’.
The report confirmed what visiting doctor John O’Connor had been finding for several years.
O’Connor said he started to notice a very high prevalence of rare, aggressive cancers which can be linked to petroleum products.
The doctor went public in 2006 as a whistle-blower and was immediately attacked by the Alberta government.
An independent study was done by Alberta Health Services.
A peer review analysis of the report was then carried out by the National Resources Defense Council, which found a 30% increase in cancers in Fort Chipewyan.
Leukemia and Lymphomas had increased three-fold and bile duct cancers seven-fold.
“The Creator is angry.
Everyone is going to be sorry for what they have done.
A day of reckoning is coming.
And it’s going to affect everyone on the planet.
It will make no distinction for religion or creed.
Something is going to happen.”
( Al Lameman, 80, former chief of the Beaver Lake Cree Indians )