Oil Sands Reality Check - The Canadian oil sands, also known as the tar sands, is the largest industrial project on earth, yet few Canadians are aware of the rapid pace of growth and its impacts on our environment, economy, and society. Canada needs a reality check on oil sands expansion.
Canadian researchers tested and analyzed the sediments of 6 lakes north of the oil sands in Alberta to build a record for the last 50 years. Their results indicate much higher levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) known to cancer in humans.
The Alberta oil sands are spread across more than square miles but we're taking a look at just a small part of that — the red line is an approximate outline of the entire deposit — the green is where we'll be flying