When you fly over the Syncrude mess, the tailing pond looks just like a lake.
Unfortunately that lake is toxic to wildfowl. I can't see anything changing unless
they cover the ponds or come up with a new method for this part of the operation.
You obviously didn't bother to watch the video (not to mention some of the other videos on the site).
Nice attempt at diversion, petros!
I would have no qualm about going to the Red River, scoop a cup and drink it. Most normal people would have no qualm about the fact that drinking water in just about all municipalities comes from a natural water source. Most people, with the possible exception of paranoid liberals would have no problem of comsuming water provided by their respective municipalities.
Can you show me and the rest of the world how municipal water is killing millions of humans. Well, I'll be more charitable: Thousands? Hundreds? Anyone?
Then you should have no problem pointing out where in the video, they said the water in the tailings ponds was clean. I won't hold my breath. Quite frankly, you should be the last one throwing around the word propaganda.
Perhaps, if the companies that create these tailing ponds were taxed less, they could devote some funds to research and development to convert the presently useless tailings to something useful.
Perhaps, if individual enterpreneurship was not squashed by socialistic nonsensense encouraged by the current administration, it would be brave enough to come up with solutions that no government ever could.
Perhaps the President, instead of declaring that electricity prices would necesserily sky-rocket should encourage research and development to burn the most abundant natural resource - you know, COAL - his approval ratings would not be in the toilet.
Perhaps if the President stopped being a community organizer and a campaigner and BE a President???
So you just read into it what you wanted. You must have nodded off (seeing as you claimed to have watched the whole video) when they talked about how they are trying to protect birds from these tailings ponds.
I'm well aware that words mean very little to folks like you and Juan. That is, after all, why he posted his picture in the first place. Scientifically minded people such as I tend you delve a little deeper.
In the big picture, Alberta is faring a whole lot better than the US, but a whole lot worse than, say, Norway.
Yes, some birds landed in the tailing pond and got tarred ... they already were feathered. They were, actually, de-feathered ... grounded. Why doesn't the industry put nets over their dirty water to prevent this thing from happening. Sure it's a large area, but they've been able to work with that area of this large drainage pond until now ... what's preventing them from continuning to work with it while ensuring that wild birds don't perceive it as water?
If you have a 22 square kilometer lake, it is not possible to keep wildlife away effectively. That is not the point. The point is, why do you need a lake that size? Did that lake exist there before mining started and if it did not, then it is affecting the environment and weather patterns. I live on the Arrow Lakes, which used to be the Columbia River before they damned it. Over the past forty years the weather has changed drastically because the rise in water volume at the surface of the lake has moderated the overall temperature and moisture levels. If the "developed" part of the tar sands was ground surface and now there are a lot of lakes and ponds, then it is impossible to not alter weather patterns. You build ponds and lakes on the flyways of migratory water fowl, they will land in them.
But that is not my point. The natural world is our life support system. But consuming our natural resources at the rate we are we are endangering the well being of all living things, including ourselves. It is mindless consumerism, the engine that moves our economy, that is going to be our downfall. We are like a parasite consuming our host. The host dies, then so do we. We only have a finite planet so consuming it as if it were infinite is just plain stupid.
I watched every last second of it. I was both impressed and disgusted. It does look like they are trying to do a good job, but having spent over thirty years in the PR industry I know BS when I see it. The whole piece is a one sided attempt to shut up their detractors. It was dishonest in its portrayal because it was designed to make a dirty industry look pretty.
But before you go getting your balls in a tangle, I also advocate that people stop jumping in their cars or trucks every time they leave the house. People could easily cut their gas and plastics consumption by half. I have cut mine by as much as 90% and I don't think my life is any less than anybody else's.
I worked on the GCOS project in the late sixties. It was a smelly mess then and it is still
a smelly mess. The tar sands should be shut down until they find a solution to the environmental
problems they are causing.
New Technology Magazine - ERCB Conditionally Approves Suncor Tailings Plan (external - login to view)
speca.ca/PDF/20100315.pdf (external - login to view)
Suncor's Tailings Reduction Operations (TRO) - Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (external - login to view)
Thats 40 years ago,people used to go into the bush to do an oil change on their car back then.
Get with the times man,educate yourself.How do you know if it smells if you havent been there since the late 60's?
The cattle slaughter houses I drive by smell a thousand times worse then the oilsands ever will,maybe you should stop eating meat as your contributing to this stench.
And why do you think things have changed in these 40 years? I suppose you think it's because the execs at Syncrude sat down one day in 1968, and said, 'Gee, I'd really like to clean things up for no reason'
Well that makes no sense,why have all things become less damaging to the environment?
It's called being responsible for one thing and being educated about what is harmfull for another.