01 Jun '11, 3pm

Madagascar fears repeat of Canada's tar sands devastation - news - The Ecologist

Madagascar fears repeat of Canada's tar sands devastation - news - The Ecologist

Plans to extract oil from tar sands deposits in Madagascar, including one partly inside a UNESCO World Heritage site, have been condemned by an alliance of environmental and human rights groups in the country. French energy giant Total has identified billions of barrels of oil in two main areas of tar sands in the western region of Melaky, working in collaboration with a Bermuda-registered company Madagascar Oil. The tar sands deposits are part of a wide range of iron ore, nickle and hydrocarbon reserves on the island, which have attracted the interest of multinational corporations from Europe, the US and China. Following a coup in 2009, Madagascar still does not have an internationally recognised government, leading to fears that a tar sands industry, which has already caused widespread environmental pollution in Canada, would be largely unregulated. Tar sands are deposit...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/921581/mad...

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