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


Published: August 2008


Tagged with: earthworks, oil refinery, no dirty energy

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.

Tagged with: alberta, pembina institute, tailings

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.

Tagged with: pembina institute, tailings, environment

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

Tagged with: natural resources defense council, boreal forest, strip mining

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (8)What’s In Your Tank


Are tar sands used in the gasoline you buy?

Tagged with: tar sands, earthworks, colorado, gasoline

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