Oil sands development polluting Alberta lakes: study – The Globe and Mail
Peace Out 2011 film.
However we may feel energy industry is reckless and there is overwhelming evidence that they are, just bashing the supply side of energy isn’t a solution. Im disgusted that BC gas companies can extract and ruin our fresh water for free! I’m sick when I think of the toxic tailing ponds in Alberta feet from fresh water rivers. We harass and fine logging companies for clear cuts and creek damage yet let oil companies bulldoze toxic dirt unchecked. Why?
We are all neglecting to confront our lifestyle which drives the demand side. We build more efficient fridges but then we buy more fridges, or TVs or whatever… We need to reduce our consumption drastically. It’s as plain as the nose on my face. Tipping points are here now. Our companies are lobbying governments to ignore rules to protect public interest. Would we let trucks and cars speed by school zones? No. Why let companies wreck our land?
” We are like the heroin addict selling his wedding ring for the last fix.”
Sadly, like suffragette movement, and civil rights before our time, it seems civil disobedience in Canada, will be the only course of action. Civil, electoral governance for the people is not working. Our youth deserve better. We all wish to keep our kids safe, and wear pink shirts yet we do so little to stop blatant injustice toward their collective future. The interest of the public is being bullied if not assaulted. Make the gatekeepers accountable.
Implore your MP, your MLA your friends to demand comprehensive energy and environmental policies that slow down the insanity and create more sensible solutions to our nations insatiable carbon hunger. – Al Smith, Kelowna.
Also watch ‘Peace Out’ film 2011 ; http://www.youtube.com/YIswPYd3e8A
Even with higher present-day levels, researchers found no “observable negative effects” on a bellwether type of microcrustacean, the Daphnia. They attributed the higher PAH levels to “multiple environmental factors,” including climate change, and not just nearby oil-sands development. But, as levels increase, “… there exists great potential for Athabasca oil-sands ecosystems to experience marked changes …” the study said.
The study also refutes a key argument long made by provincial officials, who have said that, because oil seeps naturally into rivers around the oil sands, contaminants are mostly natural.(GlobeMail)