While oil sands producers use large amounts of water to produce the crude, contaminated wastes are kept on site and are not released into the river. The study, released by Fort Chipewyan's Nunee Health Authority, found unsafe levels of arsenic, mercury
Reuters · ByScott Haggett · 11/8/2007
Oil sands are swaths of ground that are laced with heavy crude ... Summertime water samples downstream from the development area had concentrations of elements like mercury, arsenic, chromium, and beryllium eight times as high as the background levels.
Ars Technica · ByCasey Johnston · 9/3/2010
Tar sands do not produce trouble-free high-quality oil. They are made into low-grade petroleum at great expense. The process uses enormous amounts of energy and water. It creates toxic waste: benzene, mercury, arsenic, and lead, among other poisons.
Orlando Sentinel · 7/11/2013
As Wandering Spirit knows, living in the heart of the Peace-Athabasca Delta — one of the world’s largest inland ... high levels of mercury found in some nesting bird populations in the delta are almost certainly coming from the tar sands. · 11/12/2013
People have been advised not to eat more than one meal of fish caught in the Everglades a week due to the high level of phosphate and mercury pollution ... of the Earth in the fight to stop tar sands use," she said. "People coming together to fight ...
Truth Out · 11/19/2015
If the Keystone pipeline is not approved, the tar sands oil may be stuck in place ... life were exceeded for seven [priority pollutants]—cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, silver, and zinc—in melted snow and/or water collected near or downstream ...
The Guardian · 6/18/2014
The Making of a Conspiracy Theory: Benzene in the Food Chain The Making of a Conspiracy Theory: Environmental Terrorism; Benzene and Mercury The crude oil is loaded …
CNN iReport · 9/5/2010
Environment Canada, Aquatic Ecosystem Protection Research Division, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 3H5 Canada. Recent studies have reported an increasing trend of mercury concentrations in walleye (Sander vitreus) from the Athabasca … · 9/30/2013
The State Department has approved the construction of ... would have to deal with high levels of toxic chemicals such as mercury, nickel and lead in petroleum from the oil sands. Michael Levi, author of a Council on Foreign Relations study of the Canadian ...
Washington Post · BySteven Mufson · 8/21/2009
The spokesman said the hydrocarbons naturally occur in the oil sands area, just as mercury can naturally show up in fish, which may lead to a health advisory. “I know there’s natural arsenic and chemicals, but it’s not all natural,” retorted Donna ...
United Nations and Peoples Organisation · 11/15/2007