Oil Sands Extraction Waste Poses Risk to Canada’s Mackenzie River Basin

Rosenberg International Forum: The Mackenzie River Basin
Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy
http://rosenberg.ucanr.org/

[AirWaterLand.ca]  “The ever-present potential for structural failure of the tailing ponds will pose risks, both large and growing, of environmental catastrophe” in the Mackenzie River Basin, according to a report of the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy.

“There is concern — and this is expressed in the report — about leaking tailings ponds at the oilsands, and in particular leaks in the wintertime where what is in the tailings ponds gets under the ice and thus becomes impossible to remediate,” said Henry Vaux, forum chairman and author of Rosenberg International Forum: The Mackenzie River Basin, a report from the forum that was released on Monday.

“We have identified [leaking tailings ponds] as a potential problem. I think that one might infer from what the report says that further development of the oilsands needs to go forward in a balanced way with attention to the needs of all stakeholders…” [H/T: Climate Wire, sub. req'd]

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