Alberta’s tar sands are one of the biggest social and ecological challenges in North America, fueling climate change, destroying the northern boreal forest, and drying up our mighty rivers.
With proven reserves of 175 billion barrels, the tar sands are second only to Saudi Arabia in available oil supply. As development continues at an alarming rate, concerns are growing over the impacts on communities and the environment.
Boreal forest destruction
When all the tar sands are developed, they will destroy an area of northern Alberta the size of Florida. In over 40 years of production, not a single piece of land has been reclaimed or restored to government standards by tar sands companies.
Global warming acceleration
As one of the dirtiest oil projects in the world, the tar sands are the single largest contributor to Canada's growing global warming pollution and are one of the main reasons the Canadian government refuses to meet its international obligations to fight the climate crisis.
Indigenous and Northern communities downstream are being poisoned by toxic water and fumes.... Read more »