phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgTar sands impacts on people, climate and the environment – from Canada to Africa

By: Friends of the Earth

Published: February 2011

This fact sheet basically explains how much the global development of tar sands will magnify the climate crisis and damage the environment and development objectives. Tar Sands are a naturally occurring mixture of sand or clay, water and an extremely dense and viscous form of petroleum called bitumen. The process of converting tar sands into fuel releases three to five times the greenhouse gas emissions of conventional oil. The pollution, deforestation, and disturbance to wildlife associated with tar sands development threaten the additional livelihood and wellbeing of indigenous communities.

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (1)TransCanada Exaggerated Jobs Claims for Keystone XL

By: National Wildlife Federation

Published: November 2010

Oil giant is inflating the jobs potential from construction of its proposed tar sands pipeline by 13 times. Jobs estimates from a TransCanada- commissioned report differ sharply from a Department of State analysis.

Tagged with: keystone xl, pipeline, transcanada, national wildlife federation,economy, jobs

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (2)Senate Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on Keystone XL – backgrounder

By: network

Published: October 2010

The import of the Senate letter to Secretary Clinton urging caution regarding the permitting of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (3)Government fiction vs Tar Sands FACTS

By: Greenpeace Canada

Published: September 2010

There’s a “he said/she said” back and forth going on between the Canadian/Albertan government and the NGO community. The difference between the two: the government is attempting to refute facts with fiction.

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (4)Onshore Oil Disasters

By: National Wildlife Federation

Published: August 2010

Fact sheet from the National Wildlife Federation discussing why tar sands pipelines are dirty and dangerous, despite the industries PR tactics to try and prove otherwise.

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (5)What is the highest environmental impact oil?

By: Pembina Institute

Published: May 2010

Oil sands impacts: Mining vs. In Situ

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (6)Tar Sands Invasion—Fact Sheet

By: Corporate Ethics International | EARTHWORKS | Natural Resources Defense Council | Sierra Club | Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Kate Colarulli, Bruce Baizel

Published: May 2010

A companion to the full report, the Tar Sands Invasion fact sheet explains in short how dirty and expensive oil threatens America’s new energy economy.

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (9)Say No to Tar Sands Pipeline

By: Natural Resources Defense Council | Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Elizabeth Shope

Published: March 2010

Proposed Keystone XL Project Would Deliver Dirty Fuel and High Costs — NRDC factsheet

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (10)Don’t Support Dirty Fuels: Oil shale and tar sands are not America’s energy answer

By: Natural Resources Defense Council

Published: February 2009

Facts about tar sands, oil shale, and liquid coal.

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (11)La Fievre des Sables Bitumineux

By: Pembina Institute

Published: November 2008


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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (5)Map of tar sands oil refineries and pipelines in the United States


Published: August 2008


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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (6)Fact or Fiction: Oil Sands Reclamation

By: Pembina Institute

Published: May 2008

Fact or Fiction: Oil Sands Reclamation is a critical review of current policies and practices governing oil sands reclamation. The researchers found woefully inadequate reclamation progress, astonishing rates of toxic tailings creation and no proven way to clean them up. After 41 years of oil sands mining operations in northern Alberta only 0.2% or one square kilometer of disturbed land is certified as reclaimed. The researchers also found that the security deposits made by companies to guarantee reclamation may be inadequate, forcing Canadians to foot the bill for reclaiming vast areas of mined and disturbed boreal forest.

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (6)Oil Sands Fever: the Environmental Implications of Canada’s Oil Sands Rush

By: Pembina Institute

Published: August 2006

This fact sheet provides an overview of key facts and figures from The Pembina Institute’s book Oil Sands Fever: The Environmental Implications of Canada’s Oil Sands Rush. The book examines the environmental effects of oil sands mining in northern Alberta. From toxic tailings ponds that already cover 130 square kilometres, to fresh water use and the direct impacts of digging 100 metre open pit mines over thousands of square kilometres of boreal forest, the report details the environmental problems and other challenges that oil sands mining poses to northern Alberta.

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (7)Strip mining for oil in endangered forests

By: Natural Resources Defense Council

Published: July 2006

Big oil interests are scraping away hundreds of thousands of acres in North America’s Boreal forest to produce tar sands oil, and in the process consuming large amounts of natural gas and generating three times as much global warming pollution as conventional crude oil production. Greater efficiency and renewable fuels are far better, cleaner ways to meet our energy

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (8)What’s In Your Tank


Are tar sands used in the gasoline you buy?

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phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (9)Tar Sands: indigenous people and the giga project

By: Indigenous Environmental Network

The impact of tar sands development on indigenous people.

Tagged with: tar sands, indigenous environmental network, giga project