Toxic Lakes From Tar-Sand Projects Planned for Alberta – Bloomberg

Canada is blessed with 3 million lakes, more than any country on Earth — and it may soon start manufacturing new ones. They’re just not the kind that will attract anglers or tourists.The oil sands industry is in the throes of a major expansion, powered by C$20 billion $19 billion a year in investments. Companies including Syncrude Canada Ltd., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp. affiliate Imperial Oil Ltd. are running out of room to store the contaminated water that is a byproduct of the process used to turn bitumen — a highly viscous form of petroleum — into diesel and other fuels.By 2022 they will be producing so much of the stuff that a month’s output of wastewater could turn an area the size of New York’s Central Park into a toxic reservoir 11 feet 3.4 meters deep, according to the Pembina Institute, a nonprofit in Calgary that promotes sustainable energy.

via Toxic Lakes From Tar-Sand Projects Planned for Alberta – Bloomberg.

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2 thoughts on “Toxic Lakes From Tar-Sand Projects Planned for Alberta – Bloomberg

  1. I guess we are beginning to pay a huge price for our so called progress. I wonder why they can’t filter that stuff out and leave pure water as the residue? They can purify sea water but I don’t know what they do with the residue of that. Must do some research.

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