This is a news compilation setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas stories and providing research and facts to counter misinformation about the oil and gas industry.
Article from the Narwhal misinforms readers about reports on tailings ponds prompted by anti-oil and gas activist complaints.
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation report on tailings ponds only ‘speculates’ that tailings could be reaching groundwater in a region where similar chemical compounds are naturally occurring.
- The author of the report himself stated that the analytical chemistry of the samples taken fall short in rigor and statistical significance.
- According to the Government of Alberta, comprehensive monitoring programs have not shown any changes to the Athabasca River or potable groundwater as a result of tailings ponds
- This recent study from the University of Waterloo also found no evidence supporting the common perception that pollution from the oil sands industry has reached the downstream Athabasca Delta. The author of the tailings report also concurs the same.
- Oil sands producers have reduced their water use and tailings production to protect the water supply.
- Oil sands producers actively invest in managing tailings. Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance currently has 77 active tailings management projects representing an investment of over $260 million.