Tar Sands Destruction of Canada’s Wilderness and Native Lands

Published: June 10, 2012

The Canadian Alberta forest stretches from the US border to the NorthWest Territories, a huge amount of that is forest lands, which is a natural resource.

It is the same eco system that is the size of the Amazon rain forests, with the ability to absorb polluting carbons, houses oxygen giving trees, plants and houses wild animals. But it is not going to be for very long, if big oil companies continue to destroy this vital, natural resource forever, it will never come back to normal because of Tar Sand oil.

The most expensive way to get oil is Tar Sand. Tar Sand is exactly this, oil mixed with sand but it is not a liquid it is a solid made up of toxic by-products that must be extracted by an expensive process. Tar Sand Oil is the most expensive way to extract oil from the ground. The process is expensive, and at greater expense is the destruction of 5 Natural Resources to make one barrel of Tar Sand Oil.

Five natural resources, forests, water, natural gas, land and the air are destroyed to produce tar sands. The forest includes the entire area of 144,000 square miles that must be cut down and destroyed to get to the sand beneath the ground.

The large open pit extraction areas make Alberta look like a wasteland of sludgy toxins, large gray dead areas of land that cannot be ever reforested.

The by-product of tar sand is bitumen and it comes in great quantities from the strip mines in tar sand production areas. The European Union have called Canada’s tar sands a “dirty fuel” with 20 percent more carbon dioxide than regularly extracted oil. The photos of Alberta are horribly frightening of what oil companies with the help of the Canadian government are doing to the land. The toxic pools are called: Talling Ponds of sludge that are left open and the evaporation causes acid rain that is absorbed by the water supply and thereby causing cancer to humans.

The local native Indian population are fighting to keep their land safe, free from the pollution but are fighting a government that is bent on destroying their communities “for jobs” in the oil businesses army of lobbyists in government.

The continuation of Alberta’s Tar Sands draws many opponents not just the native Canadian Indian population. The Beaver Creek Cree Nation filed a 2008 lawsuit against the Canadian and province of Alberta governments for destroying their lands covered by Indian Treaties hundreds of years old under the Queen of England. These groups are now appealing to Queen Elizabeth to stop the destruction of the Cree land. British Petroleum, Husky Oil, and other big oil companies are expropriating lands for tar sand oil.

The destruction of fresh water deep into the Athabaska River in Fort Chipewyan where fur trapping began in the late 1700’s, is home to small villages of native Canadians. Fish are now caught in the area with lesions, oversized heads, small bodies deformed and taste of oil. The increase of mercury in walleye fish that used to feed the population are now causing cancer, along with the high levels of arsenic another by-product of tar sand oil production.

Local doctors are finding more people with rare, and very aggressive cancer. The sludge tailing ponds are very close to the river, and seep into the waters destroying fishing, hunting and trapping as both humans and animals die off for one stinking barrel of the dirtiest oil on earth.

Source: Mail Online

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For More Information on how you can help stop this madness and destruction of Canada’s Prestine Lands see:

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