The Tar Sands Catastrophe

“I look at what is happening to our traditional hunting lands, and I lie awake at night. I worry that this is not just the end of our way of life, but the end of all of our lives.” Former Chief Al Lameman, Beaver Lake Cree First Nation

The Athabasca oil sands deposit represents the second largest known deposit of oil in the world – after Saudi Arabia.  There are estimated to be more than a trillion barrels of oil embedded in the sands, with an estimated 315 billion barrels considered to be recoverable.(1) Production of synthetic crude oil from the tar sands is well under way – Alberta is producing about 1.3 million barrels of dirty oil per day.(2)  That amount is expected to double or triple in the next few years, based on recent massive private investment in these projects.

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