Report Confirms Tar Sands Pollute Lakes 90 km Away
Read this story from Andrew Nikiforuk in TheTyee.ca on a ground breaking new federally funded report into water pollution from the Alberta Tar Sands. (January 7, 2013)
A new federally funded study on the tar sands has confirmed what a discredited industry-funded monitoring program could not: that pollution has now contaminated lakes as far as 90 km away from the massive mining project.
Due to “the absence of well executed environmental monitoring in the Athabasca oil sands” Environment Canada researchers cored the sediment of six lakes ranging from 35 km to 90 km away from the project.
In the sediment of boreal lakes researchers discovered that airborne pollutants from the tar sands production were now two to 23 times greater than levels deposited in the 1960s.
The study conclusively shows that bitumen pollution “is not natural, is increasing over time and the footprint of the industry is much bigger than anyone thought,” says John Smol, one of Canada’s leading freshwater ecologists, a Queen’s University professor and a contributor to the study.