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Keystone XL: Oil Sands Health Concerns Rise Downstream Of Expanding Extraction

Environment  (tags: tar sands, destruction, ecosystems, environment, healthconditions, pollution, climate-change, water, wildlife, habitat )

- 1850 days ago -
Raymond Ladouceur remembers when he could dip a cup into the Athabasca River for a drink. He remembers when the trout and muskrats were plentiful -- and when his community was healthy. ... "Now, you can't drink water from the river. It's too dangerous,"

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Lynn Squance (235)
Monday April 29, 2013, 3:35 pm
And what price a human life?

When I read things like this, I am reminded of the movie 'Erin Brockovich' which was about the litigation of Pacific Gas & Electric. From Wikipedia: "The case alleged contamination of drinking water with hexavalent chromium (also written as "chromium VI", "Cr-VI" or "Cr-6") in the southern California town of Hinkley. At the center of the case was a facility called the Hinkley Compressor Station, part of a natural gas pipeline connecting to the San Francisco Bay Area and constructed in 1952. Between 1952 and 1966, PG&E used hexavalent chromium to fight corrosion in the cooling tower. The wastewater dissolved the hexavalent chromium from the cooling towers and was discharged to unlined ponds at the site. Some of the wastewater percolated into the groundwater, "

How long will it take; how much sickness and death will it take until we realise that we are poisoning ourselves and Mother Earth?

Kit B (276)
Monday April 29, 2013, 3:53 pm

Heart problems, cancer, asthma and what else? Human life sacrificed at the alter of Big Oil. I don't see this as even the excuse of energy independence, though that is touted.

The world uses 85 million barrels a day.

At 42 gallons to the barrel, thatís three billion, five hundred and seventy million gallons of oil (3,570,000,000).

Niagara falls has a flow rate of 150,000 U.S. gallons per second.

3,570,000,000 of oil / 150,000 gallons per second = 23,800 seconds of flow

Tar sands from Canada -- an area about the size of Florida -- and hold around 170 billion barrels of recoverable oil. Since mining began in 1967, at least two-thirds of the land has been leased for extraction with mining operations on about 715 square kilometers (276 square miles).

Consider the amount of pollution and deadly poisons from the transport of the tar sand oil and one must ask the obvious question: Is it really worth it?

pam w (139)
Monday April 29, 2013, 11:26 pm

Please use every opportunity you have to fight these oil/gas barons and their quest for PROFITS.

Darlene W (303)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 2:20 am
It really lets you know who controls everything -- those in power who want more money. No common sense at all--if they had any the world wouldn't be in the shape it is in now. Bless all who love Mother Earth and her inhabitants.

Farah Hage Ali (152)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 9:40 am
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