Scientists have found a nearly 7,500-square-mile ring of land and water contaminated by mercury surrounding the tar sands in Alberta, where energy companies are producing and shipping oil throughout Canada and the U.S. Government …
Drilling for tar-sands oil in Alberta has long been recognized as a driver of climate change, helping to nudge the mercury up in thermometers around the world. Now, it appears that it’s also dousing the Canadian province with straight-up …
Levels of mercury in a vast area surrounding the controversial Alberta tar sands oil fields are on the rise and have reached levels up to 16 times higher than 'background' levels—a toxic side effect of the extraction process—according to a …
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
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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 …
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An issue brief published by NRDC ... impacts - a byproduct from tar sands refining The refining of tar sands creates a by-product called petroleum coke which contains relatively high concentrations of metals including mercury, lead, arsenic, …
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She contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices ... ammonia, and mercury and other trace metals, and some of these compounds are carcinogenic. For every barrel of tar sands bitumen produced (the semi-solid substance from …
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It would appear that tar-sands oil simply cannot catch ... evidence at hand indicates that oil-sands operations carried out in said part of Canada have caused a so-called bulls-eye of mercury contamination to form over said region. The …
Check out NRDC’s new website Voices Against Tar Sands that includes nearly a dozen ... and what we're going to get is a continuous flow of this tar sands that is heavy in mercury, heavy in metals and heavy in sulfur and what it’s going to …
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering 77 Massachusetts Avenue, 24-105 Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 Abstract - This report analyzes the technical aspects and the economics of utilizing …