ACTION ALERT – Sierra Club Prairie Calls for No Approval of Total’s Joslyn North Mine Proposal

AMISKWACIWASKAHIKAN (EDMONTON, ALBERTA). The ERCB’s Joint Review Panel on TOTAL’s Joslyn North Mine Proposal wrapped up on Friday, October 8, 2010, after two weeks of testimonies and examinations. 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.

Sierra Club Prairie asserts that many of their members are citizens of Alberta and Canada who need to speak the truth of the dangers of TOTAL’s mine being approved in an already devastated region. The governments and ERCB must show accountability and objectivity in their examination of the evidence presented at the Joint Review Panel on TOTAL’s Joslyn mine proposal, and firmly deny the approval as not in the public interest!

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