Atmosphere & Energy


Join Sierra Club and Pembina Institute

for a special TarSands Canoe Floatilla

Aug 4th to 6th 2010

Canoe the Athabasca River from

Fort McMurray to Fort Mackay

Join the Sierra Club as we meet up with the Connecting the Drops Athabasca River expedition & paddle through the oil sands from Fort McMurray to Fort MacKay with representatives from the Athabasca Tribal Council, expedition team, local residents & interested Albertans (launch from Fort McMurray early on August 4).... Read more »

Tar Sands


Canada'a tar sands, also known as oil sands, are located in the northern half of the province of Alberta along with some deposits in neighbouring Saskatchewan. Covering a land mass of 140,200 km2, or 54,132 square miles, the deposits span a region larger than the size of the U.S. states of :

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Premier defends oilsands in letter to Washington

Alberta's premier has fired the latest shot in what has been dubbed the mother of all public relations battles.

A letter written by Ed Stelmach defending the oil sands is being published by the Washington Post.

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Sierra Club Canada takes offence to the letter, which is claims is just another Alberta Government smoke screen.

A spokesperson says the overall perception of the oil sands outside of Alberta is not good and some cheering from the sidelines by the premier is not going to change that.

It's official: Syncrude is a tar sands criminal

After a two-and-a-half-month trial, tar sands oil giant Syncrude has been found guilty of the criminal charges laid in connection with the deaths of 1,606 ducks that in one of its mining tailings lakes in April 2008. Syncrude was charged under the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and the Federal Migratory Birds Convention Act with failing to undertake due diligence to ensure its toxic tailings do not cause harm to migratory birds.

The ducks are just one page of the tar sands horror story but the trial has been very revealing about the nature of tar sands operations. Nevertheless, while the verdict is in and sentencing is still to come, justice is still a long way from being served.

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