Sunlight breaks this tailings pond at the Alberta tar sands down into a rainbow spectrum. Tailings contain toxins including bitumen, naphthenic acids, cyanide, phenols and metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead and zinc.
Photo credit - Beautiful Destruction.
Alberta is in talks with other Canadian provinces and U.S. states to cooperate on climate and environmental policies as it seeks to improve the reputation of its oil sands and win approval of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline. Story here.