Cleanup is so difficult because of the heavy metals (lead, sulphur, mercury) in tar sands. It sinks to the bottom of rivers and poisons the waterway and the aquifers. When tar sands oil is refined into useable oil a waste product called …
Tar sands oil contains more sulfur, nitrogen, lead, nickel, mercury and arsenic than conventional crude oil, and refining it will spew chemicals into the local air and water. Third is the proposed Keystone XL pipeline itself, slated to cross six …
The heavy metals, rated as priority pollutants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, include mercury, arsenic ... documenting serious pollution injurious to fish in the tar sands in the House of Commons, Environment Minister Jim …
“I think it’s pretty convincing evidence,” David Schindler, a University of Alberta biologist who co-authored a 2010 study that revealed contaminants, such as mercury and lead, in the Athabasca River near the tar sands site, said, the Globe and …
The debate over the tar sands crossed over into the US when energy company TransCanada proposed building the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil for refining and distribution across the border. While the mercury levels …
Oil from the tar sands is making its way via rail cars, where spills are statistically far more common. The San Jose Mercury-News informs its readers: Phillips 66 in Rodeo already brings in trains filled with tar sands crude, and Chevron …
Oil-mining operations in Canada's main tar sands region are releasing a range of heavy and toxic metals — including mercury, arsenic and lead — into a nearby river and its watershed, according to a new study. Research published …
the community I come from is being heavily affected by the pollutions and the toxins coming downstream from the tar sands. So biodiversity is being lost, our fish are being polluted, and animals are being sick. They just released a report …
"Elevated levels of carcinogens and mercury have been documented downstream from tar sands extraction sites, and communities in these areas show elevated levels of rare cancer rates," they said in their letter to Kerry. "Tar sands oil …
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mercury, arsenic, lead, you name it,” David Schindler, professor of ecology at the University of Alberta, told the Canadian parliament last year. Research funded by the oil industry has suggested that the pollution around tar sands sites …