Forests and Biodiversity
ACTION ALERT - No New Approvals on Tar Sands! – Sierra Club Prairie wants Total’s Joslyn Mine proposal shelved.
French Oil Giant Total has filed a proposal for a new open pit tar sands mine in the tar sands. The area is already plagued with local reports of environmental pollution, treaty rights violations and health problems. Total’s mine proposal threatens to make these issues worse!
From Total’s own admission the new open pit mine will:
- Result in one and a half million tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution each year, equivalent to putting over 270,000 cars on the road.
- Destroy seven thousand hectares of land, equivalent to the 13,000 football fields, with no realistic hope of reclamation of these areas to the same natural state they were in before.
- Result in the production of 12.5 billion litres of toxic tailings waste each year, and over the project life amounting to a volume large enough to fill over 100 sports stadiums, without any proven plan to keep these toxic materials from entering the region’s lands and waters.
- Result in the production of 2,740 tonnes of pollution each year that causes acid rain.
- Remove and pollute up to 22 billion litres of fresh water from the Athabasca River each year.
In addition this project has not received the free, prior and informed consent of the Indigenous people of the region and raises serious concerns with respect to Treaty rights infringements.
Sierra Club Prairie asserts that as many of their members are citizens of Canada who have benefited from Treaties, there is an interest and responsibility to ensure the Canadian & Alberta government’s behaviour is honourable and legal in upholding Section 35 of the Constitution which relates to ‘Aboriginal’ rights.
Call or email or mail a letter to Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach!
The Honourable Ed Stelmach
Premier of Alberta
307 Legislature Bldg
10800 - 97 Avenue
Canada T5K 2B6
Phone Number (780) 427-2251
Fax Number (780) 427-1349
Call or email or mail a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper!
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Phone Number (613) 992-4211
Fax Number (613) 941-6900
Write a letter to your local paper.
International advocacy groups have targeted the energy megaprojects, pointing to environmental destruction and the big greenhouse-gas emissions involved in getting the sticky oil out of the ground.
And this summer, they dusted off one of their most effective tactics -- a call for a tourism boycott.
That's bad news for B.C.'s tourist industry at a difficult time.
Consider this headline in The Guardian: "Think twice about visiting Canada until it abandons tar sands destruction." (The British national newspaper claims about 1.2 million readers a day; its website actually attracts more daily visitors.)
Note the headline doesn't urge people to stay away from Alberta.
Shun Canada, it says.... Read more »
On August 31st, 2010, a study which was led by University of Alberta researchers was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which conclusively shows that numerous highly toxic pollutants are being released into the Athabasca River and its tributaries by the development of the oil sands.
The levels exceeded both federal and provincial government guidelines.
The report is available for download here.
Excerpted from the report:... Read more »
EDMONTON — Alberta's environment minister disputed the conclusions of a controversial oilsands study Tuesday, saying it's likely that increased toxins in the Athabasca River are due to natural causes.
But Rob Renner admitted he hadn't read the paper and could point to no peer-reviewed data or studies to back up his assertion.
"My scientists are telling me that the amount of compounds that can be detected in the Athabasca River at this point in time are not a concern and are of insignificant levels," Renner said. "The fact remains that there are naturally occurring substances in the water. And if we had never set foot in the region those kinds of results would still be there."
Renner said the task ahead is to tease out what toxins in the river are from industrial development and what occur naturally from bitumen seeping into the river.... Read more »
Canada's most important natural resource is its forests which provide timber, pulpwood, wildlife habitat and a wealth of recreational opportunities. But the forests are not limitless and all Canadians must share a renewed commitment to their wise use and management.
Within the conservation movement, sustainable forestry means forest practices that ensure that the structure, function and composition of the forest are maintained in perpetuity. It also entails the equitable distribution of forest resource benefits, and the opportunity for the public to be involved in a meaningful way. After all, the forests of Ontario are ours—88% of forested land is Crown land, held for the people of Ontario in trust by the provincial government.... Read more »