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ianryder



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 10:07 pm    Post subject: Canadian tar sands Reply with quote

Just watched a programme on National Geographic about the Canadian tar sands. If anyone wants to see what it's all about, it was very good (although I missed the first half hour).

I knew it was an ecological disaster but I really didn't realise what a sick joke the whole thing is - it just looks totally insane at every level. And that's just the steps they have to go through to get the stuff out, never mind what they're doing to the environment.

The programme is called Megastructures and the episode is called Black Gold. If anyone knows how to download it I'd be interested to see the first half hour.
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enso



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whilst on the subject of tar sands....

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20060925.ROILSANDS25/TPStory/Business

(Don't know how to make link appear as an article title instead of url. Sorry)
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GD



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It goes like this:

Code:
[url=http://link-to-your-article]Title of your article[/url]
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enso



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ah ha, ta for enlightening me.
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Joe



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 3:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Canadian tar sands Reply with quote

ianryder wrote:
I knew it was an ecological disaster but I really didn't realise what a sick joke the whole thing is - it just looks totally insane at every level. And that's just the steps they have to go through to get the stuff out, never mind what they're doing to the environment.


Check out the Pembina Institute document discussed here.
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fifthcolumn



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Canadian tar sands Reply with quote

ianryder wrote:

I knew it was an ecological disaster but I really didn't realise what a sick joke the whole thing is - it just looks totally insane at every level. And that's just the steps they have to go through to get the stuff out, never mind what they're doing to the environment.


Firstly, have you asked the people who live in Alberta what they think before deciding on their behalf what a horror it is? I think you'll find very few of them take your position.

Secondly, have you actually looked at the size of the place compared to the population. There's basically nobody there from a British perspective.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Canadian tar sands Reply with quote

fifthcolumn wrote:
ianryder wrote:

I knew it was an ecological disaster but I really didn't realise what a sick joke the whole thing is - it just looks totally insane at every level. And that's just the steps they have to go through to get the stuff out, never mind what they're doing to the environment.


Firstly, have you asked the people who live in Alberta what they think before deciding on their behalf what a horror it is? I think you'll find very few of them take your position.

Secondly, have you actually looked at the size of the place compared to the population. There's basically nobody there from a British perspective.


FC, if you replace 'very few' with 'a small percentage', your two sentences would agree with each other. Know what I mean, squire?
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Mark



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bacteria could clean up tar sand pollution:
http://www.greenbang.com/bacteria-could-clean-up-tar-sand-pollution_11399.html
http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=60621&CultureCode=en

Obviously it's better not to pollute in the first place, but maybe this development holds out some prospect for future mitigation of the terrible mess that's been created.
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