Tar Sands Tailings Contaminate Alberta Groundwater | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

The massive tailings ponds holding billions of litres of tar sands waste are leaking into Alberta's groundwater, according to internal documentsobtained by Postmedia's Mike De Souza.

 

An internal memorandum prepared for Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and obtained through Access to Information legislation says evidence confirms groundwater toxins related to bitumen mining and upgrading are migrating from tailings ponds and are not naturally occurring as government and industry have previously stated.

 

"The studies have, for the first time, detected potentially harmful, mining-related organic acid contaminants in groundwater outside a long-established out-of-pit tailings pond," the memo reads. "This finding is consistent with publicly available technical reports of seepage... Click TITLE for more