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10 juni 2012

Winning teerzandolie: Tarmageddon in Canada


Foto credit Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace

Tarmageddon: The oil firms behind the exploitation of Canada's wilderness where locals say they are dying from pollution
Door Jonathan Green, MailOnline, 9 juni 2012

Risking Ruin; Shell’s dangerous developments in the Tar Sands, Arctic and Nigeria
Indigenous Environment Network en Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation / ienarth.org, redactie Jess Worth, UK Tar Sands Network, 2011 of 2012

Indigenous Nations Governments Challenging Tar Sands
Oil Sands Truth, 2007

Campagnes:



The Beaver Lake tar sands solidarity exchange
People & planet, juni/juli 2012

A group of 8 student activists accompanied by two People & Planet staff and a film crew have spent 2 weeks in Canada visiting the Beaver Lake Cree Nation in support of their efforts to stop further tar sands oil extraction on their traditional lands.
Check out their video updates and blogs on their experiences as they witnessed first-hand the most destructive industrial project on the planet and learnt about the resistance of First Nation communities.
Taking on Tarmageddon: The Movie

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Greenpeace - Stop the tar sands
Stop the "Northern Gateway" tar sands pipeline

The tar sands of Northern Alberta, Canada – also called oil sands – are one of the largest remaining deposits of oil in the world. Developing the tar sands has created the biggest industrial development project, the biggest capital investment project, and the biggest energy project in the world. It has also created a literal hell on earth.

Areas of wilderness the size of small countries are chewed up and replaced by a landscape of toxic lakes, open pit mines, refineries, and pipe lines. The tar sands are what unrestrained fossil fuel use and unchecked greenhouse gas emissions look like. They are pushing us towards runaway climate change.

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Oil Sands Truth - Shut down the tarsands

The Tar Sands "Gigaproject" is the largest industrial project in human history and likely also the most destructive. The tar sands mining procedure releases at least three times the CO2 emissions as regular oil production and is slated to become the single largest industrial contributor in North America to Climate Change.
The tar sands are already slated to be the cause of up to the second fastest rate of deforestation on the planet behind the Amazon Rainforest Basin. Currently approved projects will see 3 million barrels of tar sands mock crude produced daily by 2018; for each barrel of oil up to as high as five barrels of water are used.

Human health in many communities has seriously taken a turn for the worse with many causes alleged to be from tar sands production. Tar sands production has led to many serious social issues throughout Alberta, from housing crises to the vast expansion of temporary foreign worker programs that racialize and exploit so-called non-citizens. Infrastructure from pipelines to refineries to super tanker oil traffic on the seas crosses the continent in all directions to allthree major oceans and the Gulf of Mexico.

Zie ook:

Tar Sands: Game Over for the Climate
Door James hansen, Op-Ed New York Times, 9 mei 2012

How Ottawa runs on oil
Door Paul Wells and Tamsin McMahon, with Alex Ballingall, MacLeans.ca, 23 maart 2012 

Time For Outrage On Behalf of the Planet
Door Bill McKibben, Common Dreams, 7 juni 2012

Later toegevoegd:

People Who Live Downwind Of Alberta’s Oil And Tar Sands Operations Are Getting Blood Cancer
Door Katie Valentine, Climate Progress, 28 oktober 2013

Tar Sands Oil Has Been Leaking Into Alberta For 10 Weeks And No One Knows How To Stop ItDoor Katie Valentine en Ryan Koronowski, Climate Progress, 29 juli 2013

Oil Sands Mining Uses Up Almost as Much Energy as It Produces
Inside Climate News, 19 februari 2013

Oil Sands Mining Uses Up Almost as Much Energy as It Produces
Thanks to high global oil prices, industry can afford the large amount of energy needed to extract the oil and turn it into a usable fuel.

Petroleum Coke: The Coal Hiding in the Tar Sands
Door Elizabeth Bast, Oilchange, januari 2012

Petcoke is like coal, but dirtier. [...] Petcoke in the tar sands is turning American refineries into coal factories. [...] Keystone XL will fuel five coal plants and thus emit 13% more CO2 than the U.S. State Department has previously considered. [...] Cheap petcoke helps the coal industry.

Crude Behavior; TransCanada, Enbridge, and the Tar Sands Industry’s Tarnished Legacy
Door Peter LaFontaine, National Wildlife Federation, 6 december 2012

Up north of the border, past Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, the planet’s biggest carbon bomb is ticking. It’s called the tar sands region, and it represents both incredible feats of industry and incredible hubris —– and potentially the last blow to the fight against global climate change.
Download full report: Crude Behavior (PDF)

Big Oil vs. Native Community: Canada's First Nations Challenges Shell's Plan to Mine Tar Sands
Door Kristin Moe, YES! Magazine / Alternet, 30 oktober 2012

Why Scientists Are in Alarm Mode Over the Keystone XL Pipeline
Door Laray Polk, Alternet, 18 oktober 2012 

The Dilbit Disaster: Inside The Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of
Door Elizabeth McGowan en Lisa Song, InsideClimate News, 26 juni 2012

[...] lives [...] [have] been turned upside down by the first major spill of Canadian diluted bitumen in a U.S. river. Diluted bitumen is the same type of oil that could someday be carried by the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline. If that project is approved, the section that runs through Nebraska will cross the Ogallala aquifer, which supplies drinking water for eight states as well as 30 percent of the nation's irrigation water. [Zie ook deel 3 van deze serie; K]

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Tags: tar sands, oil sands, teerzand, mining, Shell, environment, pollution, destruction, poisoning, dirty energy

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