The leader of canada's biggest oil-producing province has declared she sees no long-term future in fossil fuels, predicting alberta would wean itself off dirty energy within a century. A scientific panel said tuesday that weaknesses in measuring pollution from the alberta oil sands must be corrected pollution is one argument against the oil sands development. Alberta's tar sands remain one of the most visible environmental controversies in north america, if not globally as is the case with most ecological controversies, environmental ethics receive. A proposed expansion of a tar sands oil pipeline from alberta to british columbia has erupted into the largest controversy canada has seen in years the project's proponents want to increase.
Canada's oil sands, also known as tar sands, are the world's fourth-largest reserve of crude oil mining them unleashes massive volumes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, easing the way. That being said, the majority of oil sands in canada are contained in alberta alberta's oil reserves play an important role in the canadian and global economy, supplying stable, reliable energy to the world. Northern canada's bituminous sands — often called oil sands by proponents and tar sands by detractors (leaving journalists in a quandary) — contain an estimated 17 trillion barrels of so-called unconventional crude, the largest oil deposit outside of venezuela and saudi arabia.
Oil sands are sometimes called tar sands because they are similar to tar in smell and colour the alberta government decided to call the tar sands oil sands because they thought that tar sands sounded too much like dirty oil. Alberta tar sands in canada essay - the reason for this report is to increase the reader's knowledge on the alberta tar sands, which will allow them to create their own opinions on the situation it is a very pertinent issue in politics and will have a very large effect on the carbon emissions of canada. Melina laboucan-massimo, a member of the lubicon cree first nation and a climate and energy campaigner with greenpeace, describes the impact of oil and gas developments and the recent oil spill in.
Bitumen is the heavy unconventional oil found in the alberta tar sands (also called oil sands) only a specialized refinery can process bitumen and turn it into refined products such as fuels few refineries in canada can do it. Knight was describing tar sands, a sludgy deposit of sand, clay, water, and sticky, black bitumen (used to make synthetic oil) that lies beneath northern alberta's boreal forest in a region the. Much of what i used to know about canada stands in stark contrast to the devastation i found in the tar sands of northern alberta canada, from my experience, is a nation that championed the.
Note: in 1995 the alberta tar sands were framed as a national treasure and the term oil sands was selected as the new, cleaner sounding brand name both names continue to be used interchangeably. Tar sands that were found in alberta have helped canada become the #1 foreign supplier of oil to the united states this has helped the us become less dependent on opec products, provided an economic boon for canada, and provided communities in alberta with numerous jobs that wouldn't be present if the tar sands were not being harvested 2. Alberta oil sands, canada, news media aquifers assessment and aboriginal rights: an analysis of authority over the transmountain expansion project this document explores the notion that bc has sufficient legal authority to stop the transmountain expansion project. In a recent national observer article, barry saxifrage points out the obvious: alberta's tar sands expansion is killing canada's national climate goals carbon pollution from oilsands expansion is radically undermining canada's plan to fight climate change. Northern alberta, canada has the third largest proven oil reserve in the world, alberta's remaining proven oil reserves are 171 8 billion barrels (169 billion barrels in the oil sands), or about 13 per cent of total global oil reserves (oil sands economic benefits, uoa) which economists argue we must utilize as much as feasibly.
Canada to buy controversial tar sands pipeline the canadian government plans to spend $45 billion canadian dollars ($35 billion) to buy kinder morgan's existing trans mountain pipeline and its controversial expansion project that will triple the amount of tar sands transported from alberta to the coast of british columbia. In the oil sands area, the government of alberta has committed to conserving and protecting more than 2 million hectares of habitat for native species as part of the 2012-2022 lower athabasca regional plan. The city which serves as the hub of one of the world's largest climate-wrecking projects, the alberta tar sands, is burning to the ground due to wildfires sparked by unseasonably dry and hot weather.
Canada's tar sands formations, landlocked in northern alberta, are a giant reserve of carbon-saturated energy — a mixture of sand, clay and a viscous low-grade petroleum called bitumen. Much of the world's oil (more than 2 trillion barrels) is in the form of tar sands, although it is not all recoverablewhile tar sands are found in many places worldwide, the largest deposits in the world are found in canada (alberta) and venezuela, and much of the rest is found in various countries in the middle east. The fifth and final tar sands healing walk took place on june 28 in fort mcmurray, canada hundreds of people joined first nations leaders in a prayer-filled walk around the refineries and land reclamation projects operated by the oil company syncrude within the last five years, awareness. In this chapter we discuss the impact of the tar sands development in northern alberta on the indigenous communities of the treaty 8 region while the project has brought income to some, and wealth to the few, its impact on the environment and on the lives of many indigenous groups is profoundly concerning.
Alberta, canada contains the largest deposits of crude bitumen in the world, the biggest of which is the athabasca tar sands there is political pressure in the usa to utilize oil from the tar sands, because although it's not quite a domestic energy source, obtaining oil from our friendly neighbors to the north is considered preferable to. List of cons of tar sands 1 excessive greenhouse gas emissions oil cannot be extracted from the tar sands by using conventional methods as a result, there is a far greater instance of greenhouse gas emissions. Alberta tar sands sustainability report introduction tar sands are a combination of clay, sand, water, and bitumenas a type of unconventional petroleum deposit, tar sands are found in many places worldwide, the largest deposits are found in alberta, canada.