The tailings ponds, the atmosphere, the slash and burn approach to forests are all part of the problem, but what stands out in Northern Alberta is the attitude to local communities and the lack of study into the effects on their health; Tar sands
Athabasca oil sands
Contradicting previous industry- and government-backed studies about the source of pollution occurring downstream …
Dr. McLachlan and his colleagues found elevated levels of the environmental contaminants arsenic, cadmium, mercury and selenium ... many of those participants reporting cancer worked in the tar sands industry. A high incidence of …
ThinkProgress: Just one week after Al Jazeera discovered that regulatory responsibility for Alberta, Canada’s controversial tar sands would be handed over to a fossil-fuel funded corporation, federal scientists have found that the area’s viscous ...
Study contradicts Alberta government and industry claims that pollutants are from natural sources and not from the expanding production of oil from tar ... mercury, nickel, silver and zinc far in excess of national guidelines downstream …
Canada
The tar sands in Alberta and their negative impact ... of carcinogens in areas around and downstream from the tar sands. The pollutants found in the snow and waterways included mercury, lead, and thallium – all of which have the potential …
Athabasca oil sands
In Canada, scientists say tar sands oil operations in Alberta are releasing mercury that is impacting an area of more than 7,300 square miles. According to Postmedia News, mercury levels in the area are up to 16 times higher than …
Pollution picks up downstream of tar-sands processing Findings from that study, published Aug. 30 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, catalog water concentrations of 13 elements that can poison wildlife or people: …
River
The pipeline would transport oil from the Alberta tar sands in Canada to American refineries at the ... were exceeded for seven [priority pollutants]—cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, silver, and zinc—in melted snow and/or water …
Impact
Heavy metals that are naturally present in tar sands, including arsenic and mercury, become concentrated in the tailings once the bitumen has been extracted. According to the People & Planet report on tar sands, in 2009 tailings lakes …
Green Mountains