Toxic Sludge

Sierra Club Prairie Chapter statement on Syncrude and more dead ducks

"With even more dead ducks just days after Syncrude was given a slap on the wrist with a petty $3 million fine that they can recover in less than half a day's net profit, it is glaringly obvious that the 170 square kilometers of toxic tailing lakes need to be cleaned up and phased out with a moratorium put in place. The governments of Alberta and Canada need to grow a conscience and be held accountable for protecting the public image of the tar sands industry by failing to enforce weak environmental regulations and continuing to maintain a 100% approval rating and promoting tar sands development. The devastation to the Mackenzie and Athabasca River Delta, the poisoning of Indigenous and downstream communities, and the continuous deaths and contamination of birds and wildlife in the region constitute an ongoing injustice. Denying the Total Joslyn North Mine Project would be the first step of such accountability.... Read more »

Hungary's Sludge Pond Catastrophe Could Happen Here

As we watch the toxic tailings sludge devastate land and water in Hungary, Canadians wonder "could it happen here?" Canada does, after all, have tailings ponds across the country to contain the toxic byproducts of mining and tar sands production. But surely a country as developed and responsible as Canada would have strong regulatory safeguards in place to prevent such an accident compared to Hungary, right?

Now is the time to ask our federal government just that question, as it ponders granting approval for a new tar sands mine, proposed by French energy company Total, which would add two more tailings ponds and produce 12.5 billion litres of toxic tailings every year.... Read more »

RALLY! No Tar Sands, No Pipelines, No Tankers - No Problems!

No Tar Sands, No Tankers, No Pipeline, No Problem

What: Solidarity Rally!
When: SATURDAY OCTOBER 16th, 1pm
Where: Gazebo Park (next to Strathcona Farmer's Market), Edmonton

No Tar Sands, No Tankers, No Pipeline, No Problem - Clean Energy Now!

Stand in solidarity with communities from Alberta to the BC coast fighting the Tar Sands, the most environmentally devastating project in human history. There will be rallies happening on Oct.16th and 17th in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and in Prince George to send the message loud and clear that the extraction and transportation of dirty oil is NOT the answer!

Sierra Club calls for TOTAL rejection of Tar Sands Joslyn Mine

OCTOBER 7, 2010 EDMONTON — The Joint Review Panel should not approve TOTAL’s Joslyn North tar sands mine, said Sierra Club Prairie, in its final submissions today at the ongoing hearings. After days of expert testimony and cross-examination, Total’s proponents were unable to deny the negative environmental impacts of their new mine proposal. The evidence presented by NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen pertaining to climate change impacts, Petr Cizek pertaining to the gaps in accounting for cumulative negative effects, and Dr. Bill Donahue regarding water contamination were particularly condemning.... Read more »

RELEASE: Sierra Club calls for TOTAL rejection of Tar Sands Joslyn Mine

OCTOBER 7, 2010 EDMONTON — The Joint Review Panel should not approve TOTAL’s Joslyn North tar sands mine, said Sierra Club Prairie, in its final submissions today at the ongoing hearings. After days of expert testimony and cross-examination, Total’s proponents were unable to deny the negative environmental impacts of their new mine proposal. The evidence presented by NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen pertaining to climate change impacts, Petr Cizek pertaining to the gaps in accounting for cumulative negative effects, and Dr. Bill Donahue regarding water contamination were particularly condemning.... Read more »

            

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