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cory777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-10 08:47 PM
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Mired in Canada’s Oil Sands
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Source: NY Times

CONKLIN, Alberta — Beneath the subarctic forests of western Canada, deep under the peat bogs and herds of wild caribou, lies the tarry rock that is one of America’s top sources of imported oil.

There is no chance of a rig blowout here, or a deepwater oil spill like the one from the BP well that is now fouling the Gulf of Mexico. But the oil extracted from Canada’s oil sands poses other environmental challenges, like toxic sludge ponds, greenhouse gas emissions and the destruction of boreal forests.

In addition, critics warn that American regulators have waived a longstanding safety standard for the pipelines that deliver the synthetic crude oil from Canada to refineries in the United States and have not required any specific emergency plans to deal with a spill, which even regulators acknowledge is a possibility.

Oil sands are now getting more scrutiny as the Obama administration reviews a Canadian company’s request to build a new 2,000-mile underground pipeline that would run from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast and would significantly increase America’s access to the oil. In making the decision, due this fall, federal officials are weighing the environmental concerns against the need to secure a reliable supply of oil to help satisfy the nation’s insatiable thirst.

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  -Mired in Canada’s Oil Sands cory777  May-18-10 08:47 PM   #0 
  - They better look at the horrible environmental impacts of tar sand oil.  Vincardog   May-18-10 08:53 PM   #1 
  - They are, only it's the wrong people.  polly7   May-18-10 08:56 PM   #2 
  - Our addiction to oil is killing the Earth.  neverforget   May-18-10 09:08 PM   #3 
  - Leave our oil sands alone. Instead, go tell Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Venezuela,  Dave From Canada   May-18-10 09:33 PM   #4 
  - If that was sarcasm, you could do with tuning it a little.  Nihil   May-19-10 05:07 AM   #5 
  - I'm completely serious. You guys should mind your own business. n/t  Dave From Canada   May-19-10 11:08 AM   #6 
     - Let me guess ... you also club seals and tell people to "mind their own business" there too?  Nihil   May-19-10 11:30 AM   #7 
        - Are you protesting this? Calling your representatives to  polly7   May-20-10 07:13 PM   #8 
        - I have no problem with Canadians in general ...  Nihil   May-21-10 03:32 AM   #12 
        - Nah, not many of us club seals, mainly the native fishermen and  polly7   May-20-10 07:35 PM   #10 
           - No, not many of you enjoy the environmental abuse of the tar sands either ...  Nihil   May-21-10 03:44 AM   #13 
  - I know people from Alberta  arikara   May-20-10 10:23 PM   #11 
  - Boycott this dirty oil. Do something besides using it while criticizing.  polly7   May-20-10 07:17 PM   #9 

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