Thursday, September 9, 2010

Alberta Tarsands: Extremely Harmful to Wildlife



Between now and September 14, the iLCP, a group of internationally renowned photographers are taking part in a RAVE (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition) in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest. Home to white spirit bears, ancient forests, and stunning marine biodiversity, it is one of the planet's most priceless treasures, but overseas oil interests wanting access to western Canada's tar sands, the second largest known oil reserves in the world, have put the region in threat, prompting the action of conservation groups and the iLCP. Throughout the expedition we'll be bringing you profiles, stories, statistics and photos to learn more about the region and why it's so crucial that we all work to protect it. Please follow along here on the iLCP blog, on
Facebook and Twitter.

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The Alberta tar sands have been deemed "the most destructive project on earth," and as if we needed another negative consequence of oil extraction in this area of the world and its effects on the environment, a new study now shows that birds are dying in Alberta oilsands tailing ponds at least 30 times faster than what the industry says.

Up until now, environmental reports about the impact of the oil industry in this region have been published by the oil industry itself, and the authors of the study are demanding that independent, third-party regulation be put into place.

"We need to have credible scientific monitoring," said Kevin Timoney, Treeline Ecological Research, to CBC News.

Read more about the study and its findings here.

Image: Treehugger

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