Monday, February 6, 2012

The Environmental Disaster that is happening NOW!

"First Nation Community members voice the effects of the Tar Sands industries".
Great interview video on a grave subject!

First Nation Community members voice the effects of the Tar Sand industries.
Over 11 million litres of toxic water leaches from industrial Tar Sands tailings ponds each day.
4 billion litres of contaminated tailings water already enters the groundwater each year, and new projects could expand this number to over 25 billion litres within a decade.
Tailings ponds are known to contain dozens of toxic contaminants like heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and naphthenic acids. Naphthenic acids in particular break down very slowly and therefore pose a long-term threat to the groundwater of the region. The tailings ponds sit upriver from the Peace-Athabasca Delta, one of the world’s largest inland freshwater deltas and home to Fort Chipewyan where residents already have serious concerns about pollution and their health.
Tailings ponds are built on bare ground with walls made out of earthen materials. Both Alberta and federal legislation prohibits the discharge of toxic materials into the environment, but tailings ponds leakage is sanctioned by the Alberta permitting process.

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