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In Canada's Tar Sands, a Dante's Hell Threatens People Nearby and Across the Globe


Environment  (tags: biogems, dirty fuels, gas prices, keystone 1, keystone xl, oil sands, tar sands, transportation bill )

Judy
- 806 days ago - switchboard.nrdc.org
Here in the once pristine sub-Arctic, tar sands mining operations level vast swaths of boreal forests near native lands, as pipelines burst and spew corrosive chemical-laced tar sands oil into rivers and lakes.



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Cal Mendelsohn (992)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 3:15 am
Thanks for posting this Judy
 

Dan Mahony (0)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 3:29 am

Great story, Judy. I have friends in Canada who've told me this tar sands operation is an environmental disaster in the making.
 

Cheryl B. (64)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 4:46 am
scary
 

Cheryl B. (64)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 4:46 am
scary
 

John Gregoire (255)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 5:33 am
Canada is an environmental disaster under the current leadership as is the US. When will we dispense with the egos and do something positive for the environment?????
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 7:19 am
Whose idea was this insane approach to government fulfilling its responsibilities to itspeople?
 

Betsy Bee (1048)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 8:47 am
Thank you, Judy, for such a timely and thought provoking article. It is beginning to dawn on me that there is no limit to human arrogance and I am very sad for knowing that.
 

Birgitta S. (235)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 12:10 pm
noted scary
 

Birgitta S. (235)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 12:10 pm
scary this is
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 12:15 pm
as long as any being lives in fear, hate, exploitation and death at the hands of man so shall all men live under this same threat, don't fool yourself no one is free as long as another is oppressed. withdraw your consent for as long as we agree to the small things we have agreed to the big ones, the pebble seems so small but its effects are far reaching
protect life, prosecute those that seek to destroy our shared home and our fellow beings
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
*********** WALL OF SHAME ************
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┴┬┴┬┴┬┴┬┴┬┴┬┴┬┴┬┴┬┴┬┴┬
┬┴┬┴┬┴ The Wall ┬┴┬┴┬┴┬┴┬┴
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DEMOLISH ------>>>>> THIS WALL !!!!
DEMAND FREEDOM, FOR ALL THE WORLD!!!!
 

Mary M. (29)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 12:23 pm
Read and forwarded it onto our group here against the hydro-fracking of gas. The plain truth is that these companies don't care about the environment as long as their are making profits... who cares about those that live in the area attitude. We seem to be constantly busy fighting off these polluters on all sides.
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 12:28 pm
scary news!
 

Animalfriendly Thankyou (0)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 12:36 pm
S/N thank u for posting.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 12:52 pm
Noted , very sad , wish the people did not have to endure this , it is just plain greed !!!
 

Aurea Walker (201)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 1:28 pm
The politicians and the fucorporations who own them do not care what the ramifications for their destructive and murderous actions! Aside from the fact that most CEO's are sociopaths and are unable to feel any empathy or remorse for their destructive behavior, they truly do not care about the indigenous people whose way of life is being destroyed! This arrogant mind frame is no different than what the "puritans" did to native Americas, Hernando Cortes to Mexico, the English to India. Not only do these CEO's not care, they stupidly think it will not affect them. We the lovers and respecters of mother are viewed as crazy, tree hugging nuts who know nothing and must be dealt with like little kids who know nothing! Dante's inferno is to good a place for these sociopath/CEOs. Let them live a month where their destruction is ongoing, be it canada or Africa and then maybe their little minds might realize the enormity of their destructive ways. Although even then I doubt that their vision will be open to their destructive ways. We must not only vote in the right people but stand strong to these destroyers.
 

Gloria picchetti (291)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 2:09 pm
Shared. Clearly Western civilization has dropped the ball.
 

Janet R. (34)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 2:43 pm
Thanks, it is the worst environmental disaster in the making. The CEO of TransCanada needs to see the video, to put a face on the suffering but he probably doesn't give a damn. Now, if the oil spill directly affected his family, perhaps he would care.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 3:26 pm
Why are they getting away with this?
 

Roseann D. (178)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 3:35 pm
Just another day of life on Planet Retardo. Evolve already!
 

Tom Rose (12)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 3:59 pm
Thanks for the post. I can hardly believe that this is going on! A magnificient disaster, no?
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 4:47 pm
dispicable
 

Barb Mann (12)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 5:28 pm
Scary! Wow, thanks for posting!
 

Joan AWAY McAllister (1083)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 6:54 pm
A very interesting but sad story, thanks for sharing Judy
 

Monica D. (580)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 8:13 pm
Horrible. This picture should be put in front of elected officials every day. The world needs to switch to renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy conservation. Use less oil - stay local, drive and fly much less ...
 

Pamela C. (75)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 8:49 pm
Not acceptable.
 

Judy C. (107)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 10:44 pm
This information should be known to everybody, especially in N. America. I'm glad so many of you read this.

Dan and Tina ask how they are getting by with this. You know, I think it is just because the people in these corporations and the politicians they buy off are just so ruthless, and so powerful. They take advantage any way they can of the unwary, the complacent, the ignorant and the weak. They act fast, and they act aggressively. They lie when it suits them.

The current bad economy and need for jobs is a big factor in people buying into this exploitation.

This article brought tears to my eyes, seeing how the Earth is being spoiled, and what it's doing to the First Nations and other longtime inhabitants of this formeer pristine land. Like us in the U.S., Canada is seriously losing their way of life. That's why I try to get ihis type of informatin out there.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Monday July 16, 2012, 12:08 am
The oil sands are the biggest industrial project on Earth. Appalling abuse of lands and native peoples and others.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 16, 2012, 10:27 am
Thank you for posting. It made me want to cry for all that we a losing.
 

Ryan Z. (4)
Monday July 16, 2012, 10:33 am
Thanks for sharing this. Not something discussed often (if ever) by most Canadian media outlets.
 

Dave C. (214)
Monday July 16, 2012, 10:49 am
hell on earth is happening if we can't get off pollution energy sources...leave all the killing energy in the ground...except geothermal an figure out how we survive on solar/wind/wave/tidal/geothermal/thermal/etc...

oh yeah and reduce, resuse, recycle, compost, eat less meat and educate...
 

Agnes Dubreuil (3)
Monday July 16, 2012, 12:52 pm
Toutes ses absurdités commises par l'humain me laisse sans voix!!! Pauvre mère nature, essayons de faire chacun un petit peu pour un grand mieux!
 

Sonny Honrado (6)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 1:10 am
It was bound to happen. When will we learn?
 
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