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Canada’s Tar Sands: Environmental devastation of the land, water and air. The largest industrial energy project in the world is extracting crude oil from bitumen found beneath the pristine boreal forest of Alberta. Effecting a land mass equivalent in size to Florida or England.
Tar sands take 3 barrels of water to process every barrel of oil extracted. Ninety percent of this water becomes so toxic that it must be stored in tailing ponds. Unfortunately these ponds regularly leach pollution into the third largest watershed in the world. Water depletion, exploitation, privatization and contamination has become one of the most important issues facing humanity this century.
Tar sands development can be minimized by blocking development of pipelines, such as Keystone XL, that carry the sludge of this incredibly polluting energy project. Let’s tell Canada to clean up this mess. Ask President Obama to block the Keystone Pipeline.
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