Kanada: Tar sand oil is ecoterrorism and must be stopped

 

Canada faces the largest tar sand mine ever. For them, 292 km² of forest and wetlands would be cleared or polluted. The extraction of oil would destroy the habitat of caribou and bears, and the Wood Buffalo National Park is in danger. Prime Minister Trudeau makes decisions at all times – he must stop the catastrophe now!

 

In parts of Alberta it already looks like Mordor. Open-cast mines are excavated in open-cast mines; previously forest and nature were destroyed. In artificial lakes there is water contaminated with heavy metals. Reservoirs and refineries emit toxic fumes.

 

The Canadian company Suncor operates a huge process plant for oil from tar sands near Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. © Todd Korol / Reuters

The new project called Frontier Tar Sand Mine is an ecological monster, bigger than all previous ones. It hardly spares an environmental mess. Teck Resources plans to invest 13 billion euros.
From 2026, 260,000 barrels of oil are to be extracted every day – for 40 years!!

 

The forest must give way: bulldozers prepare an area for tar sand mining. © Todd Korol / Reuters

Far larger amounts of energy are needed for extraction and processing than for conventional petroleum. To protect the climate, the oil must remain in the ground – the billion-dollar project would make the phasing out of fossil fuels an illusion.

 

Excavated and driven away: A large area is developed for tar sand mining. © Todd Korol / Reuters

 

Pipelines are under construction to export the viscous oil – they contain ecological explosives. The Trans Mountain Pipeline leads over the Rocky Mountains on British Columbia’s Pacific coast. Leaks are likely, if an oil tanker breaks down, threatens to contaminate the coast and the habitat of rare orcas.

The mine project also alerts Unesco. The guardians of the World Heritage Sites see Wood Buffalo National Park at the mouth of the Athabasca River in danger. The river is already polluted; now his condition could get worse.

 

 

Canada is planning several large pipelines for the transportation of the crude oil.

The Trans Mountain Expansion Project has already been approved and is supported by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He even bought the pipeline connecting Alberta’s oil fields to the Pacific coast to drive expansion.
However, the provincial government of British Columbia is trying to prevent the construction from being imposed by environmental regulations.

 

Oil flows into a pond where it has to settle. © Todd Korol / Reuters

The Enbridge Line 3 pipeline has also already been approved. It leads south to the United States. The KeystoneXL pipeline, which also connects Canada’s tar sand fields to the United States, is intended to pump oil to refineries in Texas over a distance of 2,700 kilometers.

The petroleum economy also requires a pipeline to the east – for the export of tar sand oil to Europe. However, the TransCanada group buried its Energy East project on the Atlantic coast at the end of 2017.

The company has thus bowed to public pressure.

 

Aerial view of Suncor Millennium tar sands mining operations north of Fort McMurray.

 

My comment: The Canadian province of Alberta is de facto an oil state: After Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, the world’s third largest crude oil reserves are stored here.

Canada already produces today as much oil as Kuwait. Soon it will be twice as much. And Canada is already the largest crude oil supplier in the USA.

The oil companies get everything they want from politics. The free market and oil income outweigh all other factors.

The oil has to be extracted from the tar sands in an energy-intensive manner and with great interventions in nature. This makes extraction complicated and expensive.

But Canada still thinks the effort is worth it: It is estimated that the government and the provinces will generate revenues of just under $ 80 billion between 2012 and 2035.

What does that have to do with Germany and the EU?
A lot of!

In January 2017, the European Union voted for the trade agreement with Canada and allowed more Canadian oil (tar sands, oil sands) to be imported from Canada.

CETA: Dirty oil has been given a clean label.
Since December 2014, the energy source, which comes mainly from Alberta in Canada, has no longer been classified as environmentally harmful by the European Union.

‘”Why don’t everyone protest today? The potential health effects of ecoterrorism for profit and money are enormous and threaten all of us – from water and soil poisoning to the effects of a warming global climate on public health -The effects will soon be devastating. “

That was what an older protester told me at a demo against Glyphosate years ago.
And he was right.

 

 

My best regards to all, Venus

 

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