With Tar Sands Project, Growing Concern on Water Use

Environmental questions about Canada’s massive tar sands development have long centered on greenhouse gas emissions. Now there are mounting concerns about the huge volumes of water used by the oil industry and the impact on the vast Mackenzie River Basin. READ MORE

 

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A tailings pond connected to the operations of tar sands giant Syncrude Canada. Alberta's massive tar sands operations use large amounts of water every year to process the viscous oil, or bitumen, found in sand formations. The wastewater is customarily placed in tailings ponds, which now cover 66 square miles of northern Alberta. (Photo by David Dodge/The Pembina Institute)

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