Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tar Sands Devastation
Comprehensive Report Spell Out Devastation From Tar Sand Operations. OilandSands.org, January 10, 2008. "The Pembina Institute and WWF Canada released [on January 10, 2007] Under-Mining The Environment, Oil Sands Mine Environmental Report Card -- the most comprehensive comparative assessment of 10 of Alberta's operating, approved or applied-for oil sands mines. The mines, for the most part, get a failing grade. The current and proposed oil sands mining projects are ranked on 20 different environmental indicators in five categories: environmental management, land impacts, air pollution, water use, and management of greenhouse gases... With the exception of the existing Albian Muskeg River Mine, no operation has voluntary targets to limit greenhouse gas emissions... Despite more than 40 years of oil sands development, not a single hectare of land has been certified as reclaimed under Government of Alberta guidelines." Summary of Report (PDF, 4 pp); Full Report (PDF 72 pp).