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 …
Unfortunately, the realities of a tar sands oil spill have proven that there ... samples were producing slight detection of both mercury and nickel — common heavy metal contaminates of tar sands oil. EPA said then the levels were nothing …
Earlier this month, the National Geographic's visually-stunning and critical article on the Alberta tar sands caused a firestorm of negative ... studies have found dangerous levels of arsenic and mercury in the water and in local fish …
They’re actually enormous, artificial lakes full of toxic waste, including residual bitumen, solvents, and heavy metals like arsenic and mercury, which are naturally found in tar sands. Occasionally ducks land on the ponds, become coated in …
Oil sands
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 …
Nature
as well as high levels of mercury in tested fish." A new paper by Dr. Kevin Timoney and Dr. Peter Lee, Does the Alberta Tar Sands Industry Pollute? The Scientific Evidence?, recently published in the Open Conservation Biology Journal, …
Downstream
The rate for this cancer is 30 percent higher than average in Fort Chipewyan, where elevated levels of carcinogens and mercury have been documented. After tar sands are extracted, they must be processed, and the refinery stage also …
Cancer
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 …
Canada
Tar sands/oil sands mining operations “generate massive volumes naphthenic acids, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phenolic compounds, ammonia, and mercury and other trace metals, and some of these compounds are …
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 …