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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 12:43 PM

 

'Smoking Gun': Tar Sands Report Eviscerates Industry Claims

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/01/08-1

As climate justice campaigners in the US ramp up their efforts to block the Keystone XL pipeline and First Nation activists foment a global 'Earth-centered' movement in Canada, scientists say a new study "conclusively" proves that tar sands oil is both highly carcinogenic and that toxic contamination in Alberta, Canada covers a much wider area than previously acknowledged.

Researchers involved in the independent but government-funded study say the report eviscerates claims by the industry that heightened levels of toxins found in Alberta could be "naturally occurring."

"(That debate's) completely over," John P. Smol, a Queen's University professor and the study's lead author, told The Canadian Press. "If there was still a coffin to be nailed, I think this is kind of putting a lot of nails in the coffin."

The research, published Monday in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that since tar sands production began in earnest in 1978, deposits of PAHs—polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carcinogens that rank among the top 10 hazardous substances on the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry— have increased 2.5 to 23 times—to the point that some lakes are as contaminated as urban lakes.

(More at the link.)

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Reply 'Smoking Gun': Tar Sands Report Eviscerates Industry Claims (Original post)
Fire Walk With Me Jan 2013 OP
JaneyVee Jan 2013 #1
Fire Walk With Me Jan 2013 #3
elehhhhna Jan 2013 #8
Scuba Jan 2013 #2
jillan Jan 2013 #4
arikara Jan 2013 #5
WillyT Jan 2013 #6
broiles Jan 2013 #7
countryjake Jan 2013 #9
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glinda Jan 2013 #11
Melissa G Jan 2013 #12
spanone Jan 2013 #13
Fire Walk With Me Jan 2013 #14

Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 12:46 PM

1. And tar sands spills are FAR worse than regular oil spills to even attempt a clean up.

It's heavier, thicker, & sinks to the bottom. Plus the carcinogens you've mentioned.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 12:53 PM

3. Yep. Anti-Keystone XL pipeline activists point out that "all pipelines eventually leak".

 

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 04:07 PM

8. and when CNOOC (China) completes its buy of Nexen (huge CN oil co. with assets

int he sands AND the Gulf of Mexico), be sure that all enviro. (and employee) safety intitatives will be gone, gone, gone.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 12:46 PM

2. But, but, but ... profits!

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 01:18 PM

4. It's a good time to re-watch Gasland. HBO had it on the other nite and it just

pissed me off even more watching it the second time!


Is *this* how we really want to live?

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 01:47 PM

5. Idle No More

The people are talking about protecting Mother Earth, and the big chiefs who don't get it are discussing resource revenue sharing with Chairman Harper. The people have finally reached their tipping point and more will be joining with them.


edit grammar

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:22 PM

6. HUGE K & R !!! - Thank You !!!


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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:30 PM

7. This is finally getting the attention it deserves

thanks to all the activists that have heroically persisted.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 06:13 PM

9. kickety

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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 06:16 PM

10. K&R

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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:11 PM

11. K&R n/t

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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:23 PM

12. kick

and rec

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:24 PM

13. k&r...

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:08 PM

14. Kick

 

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