A rock outcropping on Fleming Glacier, which feeds one of the accelerating glaciers on the western Antarctic Peninsula. Credit: NASA/OIB.
TAR SANDS, a Man Made Hiroshima 'without the Atom Bomb'.Water- the most important resource that all living things need to survive and exist on this earth, but at the oil sands it is treated with contempt. It is poisoned, contaminated and ravaged by the industries in their relentless search and processing of the black gold, and all with the approval of our government(s) Little caring and not registering, once this precious life sustaining liquid is polluted and undrinkable, we will be exterminating ourselves to extinction. For whatever we do to the web strands of life, we ultimately do to ourselves. Will we, as a society, ever learn?. Perhaps,..but unfortunately, only after it is too late.! According to executives of the biggest energy companies, some of us are in the land of make believe and are being misled by sensational news and unfounded allegations.I do not agree. When I see photographs and read that 17,600 hectares of tailing ponds presently exist, with a toxic blend of hydrocarbons, silt, salts and heavy minerals and reported as a lingering headache for the industry, I get troubled and concerned, as we all should. I do not believe these are make believe and unfounded news clips. In fact, talks have been underway about conditions under which water from these ponds could be released into the environment. A year ago, it was confirmed the tailing ponds are leaking into the ground and polluting the Athabasca river. One way or another, humans are quite willing, it seems, to allow themselves to be terminated in the process of promoting economic benefits to the oil masters,along with the blessings of the federal government.
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