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Friday, August 13, 2010

CBC News - Technology & Science - Oilsands regulator accused of letting rules slide



 Image:An aerial view just north of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, where the world's largest oil companies are building massive open pit mines to get at the oil sands. Plans have been made to strip and excavate an area in northern Alberta that's the size of New York state. Source of image:Associated Press and
http://www.cleveland.com/world/index.ssf/2008/08/will_canadas_oil_boom_be_envir.html 

.CBC News - Technology & Science - Oilsands regulator accused of letting rules slide

"The Pembina Institute says Imperial Oil is being allowed to break rules about tailings for its new Kearl oilsands plant."

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/08/13/edm-kearl-oilsands-pembina-institute.html#ixzz0wWP52SCX

According to the documen thttp://www.sheddenuhde.com/UploadFiles/68/68ddca2f-5f67-4bac-b7f9-e5eae5d54c6f.pdf
"The Kearl Project is one of the largest current developments in the Alberta Oil Sands industry. Dry ore is turned into a slurry for conditioning and transport."

 "The proposed development will be an open-pit mining operation. Expected production is 200,000 barrels of bitumen a day. This will likely involve an initial 100,000-barrel-a-day development, with later expansion to 200,000 barrels a day."
(source:http://www.flywithwind.com/calgary/images/pdf/revisedkearloilsandsprojectdescription.pdf 

"Open-pit mining, also known as open-cast mining and open-cut mining, refers to a method of extracting rock or minerals from the earth by their removal from an open pit or borrow."

"The term is used to differentiate this form of mining from extractive methods that require tunneling into the earth. Open-pit mines are used when deposits of commercially useful minerals or rock are found near the surface; that is, where the overburden (surface material covering the valuable deposit) is relatively thin or the material of interest is structurally unsuitable for tunneling (as would be the case for sand, cinder, and gravel). For minerals that occur deep below the surface—where the overburden is thick or the mineral occurs as veins in hard rock— underground mining methods extract the valued material."

What is the big problem with such an operation?
"Ore which has been processed is known as tailings, and is generally a slurry. This is pumped to a tailings dam Tailings dams can often be toxic due to the presence of unextracted sulfide minerals, some forms of toxic minerals in the gangue, and often cyanide which is used to treat gold ore via the cyanide leach process. This toxicity regularly has a negative impact on the surrounding environment."
(source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-pit_mining)



Why is the Government of Alberta allowing Imperial Oil to break the rules??

 

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