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Canadian Oil Sands Pollute Nearby Lakes. Report Is Blow to Keystone Pipeline.

Environment  (tags: politics, environment, tar sands, ecosystems, Keystone Xl Pipeline, usa, nature, healthconditions, pollution, world )

- 1983 days ago -
Oil sands production in Canada has contaminated surrounding lakes with substances linked to cancer, according to a new study. The scientific findings may help the case against building Keystone XL

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Anne F (17)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:16 pm
Industry needs to clean up the mess. "Lakes as far as 56 miles away from production facilities" should be clean not fouled.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 10:13 pm
Hands up all those that are surprised - but that's just in Canada. Seems like Americans want some of the action too.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Friday January 11, 2013, 7:42 am
This is just another scream that we need to get off fossil fuels period. We have too many alternatives to use to ignore them.

Michael M (60)
Friday January 11, 2013, 10:11 am
Should against the odds, public outcry against Keystone XL, Northern Gateway, and the other shcemes including that toward Quebec and through Maine (I suppose the Iced-over winter St. Lawrence inhibits the proposed port being situated there), be successful, other strategies will be undertaken by oil industries and governments.

Coal railroads from the Great Plains are also planned to the Pacific coast, and public resistance hasbeen going on against that for some time now.

First Nations people were perhaps the first to notice the elevated cancer and other environmental-insult diseases,some years past, in NE Alberta resulting from Tar Sands development pollution.

David C (129)
Friday January 11, 2013, 10:36 am
trying to remain optimistic that KXL won't be finalized......

Jaime Alves (52)
Friday January 11, 2013, 1:05 pm

sue H (4)
Friday January 11, 2013, 1:43 pm
Another reason NOT to do the Keystone pipeline!!! it is a terrible idea for everyone and a lie about jobs!!!!

Ana Fontan (16)
Friday January 11, 2013, 1:47 pm
Noted, thank you!

Dorothy N (63)
Friday January 11, 2013, 2:37 pm
All for profit and the world well lost?

The thing is, that fossil fuels and the processes used to extract and process them are highly toxic/carcinogenic and that associated disease rates skyrocket among humans and animals in conjunction with exposure have long been established, if covered over, downplayed, redirected to victim blame and even baldly denied to be a hazard, without any real improvement occurring - improvement being something far less likely with Harper involved, I might add, especially since he's in the process of selling us out to foreign oil and other corporations.

But a big enough public outcry that fails to die down from both sides of the border might be enough to do it, I hope...

We so need to be working on green energy technologies and letting Big Oil die a natural death, rather than having the remaining life on Earth die of their profiteering.

Jean C (18)
Friday January 11, 2013, 2:45 pm
Like I've said before, the tars sands are to be transported to our southern coast to be taken to offshore refineries for export, in case you didn't know. Nobody in the U.S. should be for this, that is, except for the small group of elites who stand to profit from it. It will not help our energy needs. Construction jobs to build this hideous pipeline will be short-lived, and eminent domain will destroy peoples homes and lives along with neighboring watersheds and natural habitats.

This should be a no-brainer for the prez. The acid test - let's see if he picks big business over the good of the country.

Margery Coffey (8)
Friday January 11, 2013, 2:58 pm
The age of oil is over. Stop the wars for oil. Stop the fracking and pipeline. What is needed is to move the "oil welfare ticket over to invest in solar, wind and geothermo.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Friday January 11, 2013, 3:13 pm
Noted. Thank you. They're going to kill life everywhere but they won't stop: money first. Where I used to live there was a wood across the street. It was incredibly full of all species of birds. There were raspberries, blackberries, beautiful plants and a lot of grasshoppers. There was also a very clean little river. But one day, it was decided that a new sewer had to be built and to spare money, the river was turned into an open air sewer. The birds died, the frogs and all animals living in the water died. The wood was 'cleaned', and after that, there were no raspberries left, no plants any more. The wood became dead. And it didn't take long.
This is exactly what the Keystone pipeline will do.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday January 11, 2013, 3:53 pm
Yes, we must continue to speak up and speak out....reach out to others with the facts. So many people don't even know the hazards related to this. Big Oil, Big Money, and TransNational corporations just keep feeding propaganda and outright lies to the public through the corporate media.
The "up" side is that people from both the US and Canada are protesting, sharing info and continuing to gather People Power. But, too many who don't live in the area of this pipeline are just glad it's not in their backyard and remain unconcerned. Remind them that today it's "over there," but if they don't speak out, tomorrow it could be their neighborhood.

Sandra M Z (114)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:24 pm
Green Energy, please.

Noted, Thank you Cal.

Winnie A (179)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:35 pm

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:48 pm

Paul Girardin (126)
Friday January 11, 2013, 9:00 pm
This was not unexpected!

Thanks for sharing.


Colleen L (3)
Friday January 11, 2013, 10:25 pm
I hope that they start using their heads, to start making better judgements to take care of our land the way it's suppose to be. Thanks Cal

Herbert E (10)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 3:43 am
You can read more about the Canadian Oil / Tar Sands here :

Ro H (0)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:17 am

Barbara J (9)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:19 pm
As long as money is envoled there will always be stories like this. What a shame.
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