In the face of concerning studies predicting an impending water crisis in the Athabasca River Basin, the Natural Resources Defense Council is calling for the Alberta government to re-evaluate the water use licenses granted to the tar sands
New Tar Sands
Industry Plans Threaten Millions, Putting Hundreds of Communities, Waterways, and Natural Landmarks at Risk
Recent tar-sands oil spills such as the Exxon-Mobil pipeline spill in Arkansas in 2013 and the Enbridge tar sands
spill in Michigan in 2010 are noted.
President Obama was right to wait for an Environmental Protection Agency review of the Keystone XL pipeline before delivering his much-anticipated verdict on the 1,179-mile pipeline, which could transport 830,000 barrels of crude a day from the tar sands
of Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries.
The Alberta delegation marched with the "Tar Sands
Bloc," dedicated to voicing their opposition to the expansion of dirty, carbon-intensive tar sands
and calling for a moratorium on dangerous tar sands
are a mixture of sand, clay, water and a dense and viscous tar-like form of petroleum called bitumen.
A major issue in the decision around the planned Keystone XL tar sands
pipeline is the extent to which this project will boost tar sands
extraction and the related environment change.
Orinoco tar sands
are less viscous than Canada's Athabasca oil sands - meaning they can be produced by more conventional means - but they are buried too deep to be extracted by surface mining.
Once this surge in US energy production was linked to a predicted boom in energy from Canada's tar sands
reserves, the results seemed obvious and uncontestable.
We have clear research showing that tar sands
oil, which is what goes through the pipeline, has much higher greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil, but we also have clear evidence that the Keystone XL pipeline would be a major driver of expansion of tar sands
," Casey-Lefkowitz said.
Secretary of State John Kerry for a thorough environmental and permitting process before allowing any existing pipelines in the state to transport tar sands
Paris: French oil giant Total said Friday its first quarter net profit fell by more than half as it booked a huge loss on its withdrawal from a Canadian tar sands