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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fearing water pollution, NWT towns call for oil sands slowdown

Source of photos:Image on the right-David Dodge,
Written by Mark Hume

Vancouver — "From Wednesday's Globe and Mail, Tuesday, May. 26, 2009 08:13PM EDT
With growing evidence that pollutants are causing fish deformities in the Athabasca River and one native village struggling to understand its elevated cancer rates, 33 communities in the Northwest Territories have called for a moratorium on oil sands developments because of fears about water quality.
At a conference in Inuvik, the NWT Association of Communities passed a resolution expressing “widespread concern” that the governments of Canada and Alberta have not managed the oil sands in a way that protects the environment.
“This is no longer just an issue for Albertans, and now poses a risk to all downstream communities in the Mackenzie Basin … in terms of risks to water quality in the Athabasca River posed by leaks from, and even possible failure of, oil sands tailings ponds,” states the resolution.
The resolution calls for a halt to new oil sands development until a trans-boundary agreement is in place “that ensures water flowing into the Northwest Territories is clean.”

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Views of the Athabasca River:It is obvious which photo indicates the polluted nature of the River. Suncor Energy has spilled oil and grease into the Athabasca River, and at least one of its tailings ponds is seeping into the groundwater.

1 comment:

Harmon said...

Very informative. I think due to increasing water pollution everyone should aware of the importance of water treatment. Weather it is on a local level or Industrial level. I think if industries properly handle their waste water, we can solve many water pollution problems. Industrial water treatment consultant should be helpful in this regard.

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