20 June 2013

CBC reports on a Keystone environmental catastrophe in northwest Alberta

A massive toxic waste spill from an oil and gas operation in northern Alberta is being called one of the largest recent environmental disasters in North America. First reported on June 1, the Texas-based Apache Corp. didn’t reveal the size of the spill until June 12, which is said to cover more than 1,000 acres. Members of the Dene Tha First Nation tribe are outraged that it took several days before they were informed that 9.5 million liters of salt and heavy-metal-laced wastewater had leaked onto wetlands they use for hunting and trapping.
Via The Dish.


  1. This is the first time I've come across this, so it's obviously not getting much publicity. This is only one of the probable disasters that should make the United States totally reject Keystone. Too bad it's not more widely publicized.

    1. It's really not much of a surprise you haven't heard anything about this south of the border. The current scandal-plagued (neo-)Conservative gov't in Canada is desperate to have Keystone XL approved by the US, and is doing anything and everything possible to make it happen. Everything from scrapping environmental protection and oversight to virtually ignoring binding Aboriginal treaty rights to marginalizing and/or threatening anyone who opposes their agenda.

      It's a bad, dirty deal for both our nations, my friends. Lots of risks and expense to go around, with virtually NO benefit to either of us - just more billions to a handful of oil barons with big influence. Let's do what we can to scrap it.


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