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 Syncrude Canada tar sands processing facility, background, with a tailings pond in the foreground. The Alberta tar sands industry siphons, fee of charge, 370 million cubic meters from the Athabasca River ever year for oil sands processing. Tar sands operations and related water use are expected to double in the next five years, and scientists say that the industry could eventually divert as much as 25 percent of the waters from the Athabasca River at periods of low flow. (Photo by David Dodge/The Pembina Institute)

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