Picture for the next millenium

Because this corporate hydrocarbon cesspool ain’t about to disappear overnight. Or for a thousand years.

Ian Willms

Large enough to be seen from space, tailings ponds in Alberta’s oil sands region are some of the biggest human-made structures on Earth. They contain a toxic slurry of heavy metals and hydrocarbons from the bitumen separation process.

*The link is a gigantor NatGeo file. Might take forever to load. 🙂

One thought on “Picture for the next millenium

  1. XL says:

    Every barrel of tar sands oil requires three to five barrels of water to extract and produces a toxic brew of water, sand, silt and petrochemical waste products. For over fifty years, the tar sands industry in Alberta has stored these tailings in enormous lakes that the industry refers to as “tailings ponds.” New research shows that these tailings have now surpassed 1.18 trillion litres and their volumes continue to grow each year.
    Tar sands mining in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

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