10 Jul '11, 6pm

Independent Panel Tells Alberta To Clean Up #TarSands Impacts On Water

Independent Panel Tells Alberta To Clean Up #TarSands Impacts On Water

[pdf] from the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Panel, appointed to make recommendations on how to fix Alberta’s failing tar sands pollution monitoring system, were recently released to the public. The panel was convened in January in response to co-authored research, published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, from David Schindler, a University of Alberta biologist and one of Canada’s top scientists. Over the past several years, Schindler and his team have studied the high levels of mercury, lead and eleven other toxic elements in the oil sands’ main fresh water source, the Athabasca River. Their results contradict those from the Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program (RAMP), a government-supported and industry-funded agency which has long claimed that water quality is not impacted by tar sands development. Siding with Schindler, th...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/independent-panel-tells-alberta...

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