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Did Canada Just Have the Largest Coal Slurry Spill in Its History?

Environment  (tags: world, protection, pollution, environment, destruction, energy, ecosystems, habitat, habitatdestruction, animals, humans )

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A scary thing happened on Halloween near Hinton, Alberta. Canada had what may be the largest coal slurry spill in its history when a dam failed at the Obed Mountain coal mine and 264 million gallons (1 billion litres) of waste water contaminated at least

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Timothy Spurlin (29)
Friday November 8, 2013, 2:47 pm
Just more human stupidity and greed! If the spill was harmless, why was warnings issued? Something is wrong when government sides with big business! Just more greed and corruption at work between big business and government!

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday November 8, 2013, 6:15 pm
Noted. These incidents are piling up. Oh, Canada! I really hope their gov't isn't as forgiving to dirty energy as ours.

Ben B (20)
Friday November 8, 2013, 6:17 pm
Oooops..., Rather than the government trying to down-play the significance of the spill, which quite frankly is absurd given it's size, they should be prosecuting the company for its failings: a) the dam failure should constitute negligence at least in the operation of the mine and indeed represents an unsafe workplace, b) the damage to the environment must breach any environmental protection laws in operation in Alberta, & c) the company should be liable for cleaning up after this disaster. It should pay for the cost of remediating the environment and compensating river water users for loss of use of the resource and also for any consequential damages for any adverse health effects on communities down stream, animal health affected by the dirty water (given the time lag in issuing the warning against using the water) and any business losses attributed to the environmental effects of the spill.

Hilary S (65)
Friday November 8, 2013, 6:18 pm
waterways all over the world are falling prey to the sludge of industry, with politicians and bureaucrats choosing to be blinded by wads of cash. trouble is, even the wealthy need the water.

as for the matter of poisoned communities, what a cynical attitude this shows to fellow citizens, considered disposable by absentee wealthy industrialists.

Jason S (50)
Friday November 8, 2013, 7:12 pm
Good posting, thanks

Patricia N (9)
Friday November 8, 2013, 9:19 pm
I think Canada's environmental laws are now worse than the U.S. since our conservative government got a majority. And wait until they put those oil lines across the country.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Friday November 8, 2013, 10:56 pm

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 12:20 am

Dmitry Nikiforov (222)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 12:41 am
Thanks Cal!

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 1:32 am
OH No!!!!! Alberta has the Tea Party too.This is a tragedy for the people who live near this spillage and devastating for the wild life.It will take years to remedy the effects this will have on peoples lives and the environment the company should be held entirely responsible for cleaning up this mess but I fear it will be left to the tax payers to foot the bill.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 2:12 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 3:27 am

Gail Ring (89)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 4:15 am
This is terrible .. sherbet I will be in Alberta in December... what is distressing is that these buuuuutiful areas arre getting spoilt by main's greed and carelessness

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 5:21 am
I really feel for Canadians... most of them were against the oil tar sands and all of this coal production in Alberta... but I remember years ago, when these projects were first proposed, there were many promises of "no contamination" on the land would happen... everything was sold to Canadians as a necessary deal to create energy reserves... a bit like they are doing with Fracking these days...

It's all bull s t !

Canada was such a beautiful wilderness country way back when, but now ... well I'm just glad I don't have kids. My sister lives in Canada and she has only one child but she has chosen not to have kids... I can't imagine what anyone's kids are going to inherit on this planet!

Frances Darcy (135)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 5:48 am

TOM T (246)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 6:09 am


. (0)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 6:24 am
During the Calgary Flood there was a large leak at Fort McMurray. Somehow this story seems to have gotten buried in the Flood news. There has been little follow-up on it. It too is another leak that the public needs to know about. It's not just burst pipe corrosion that is caused through Drag Resistance Agents and older pipes it is also caused by improper storage and aging facilities. In this case I believe it was a seal issue. Below is link to this story. It needs to be held up to public scrutiny before we allow our leaders to sell us down the river for a dirty buck.


pam w (139)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 6:32 am

S S (0)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 8:59 am
Thank you.

Sheila D (194)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 9:29 am
Seems to be more and more of these spills, leaks, contaminations of land and water. What can the people do when our leaders, both Canada and US, are bought and paid for by Big Oil & Gas, and the 1%ers like the Koch Bros...

. (0)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 10:00 am
stop mining coal usa, and stop the oil pipelines too please

sylvie C (46)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 10:20 am

David C (133)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 11:16 am
awful...for everyoone

Daniel Partlow (179)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 12:25 pm
Just can't believe what we're doing to this world and the "Oh Well" attitudes of the government agencies involved. Nothing but lies, greed, corruption and coverup while the general public suffers!

S J (130)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 3:38 pm
Noted , thanks Cal

Rhonda B (106)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 4:45 pm

Roger G (154)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 12:35 pm
noted, thanks
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