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 …
"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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Six years ago, the spectacle of the state falling all over itself to grant a spectacularly lax set of permits to BP PLC for its $4 billion switch to Canadian tar sands at its Whiting ... chief concern had to do with mercury, which is a potent …
The tar sands are scooped up by giant trucks, blasted with water, and upgraded to crude oil in chemical plants. There are concerns that this pollutes the local environment with metals such as arsenic and mercury, naphthenic acids and …
Edmonton - A study conducted by University of Alberta biologists and ecologists released Monday concluded that 13 toxic pollutants found in Alberta's Athabasca River ... oil sands development were sources of airborne emissions. …
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 …
Oil companies that want to pipe tar sands through Canada haven’t yet been able to win ... Waste from the process, containing toxic petroleum chemicals and heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, cadmium and lead, is dumped into open …
"When you experience a spill in tar sands, you're not just getting toxic oil. You're getting diluants and those diluants are benzene, toluene, mercury, hexine, and there are literally thousands of them," says Wahmhoff. Organizers are hoping …
There's no disputing the Alberta tar sands is Canada's reigning oil patch, bringing in billions in crude revenues every year. It's also garnered itself an almost apocalyptic reputation among environmentalists for its vast mercury emissions. But …
Faced with public outrage and congressional pressure, the oil company BP vowed six years ago to develop cutting-edge technology that could sharply reduce toxic mercury discharged ... Canadian crude oil from the tar sands region of …