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Oil Sands Truth exists to disseminate information regarding the environmental, social and economic impacts of tar sands development projects being proposed and currently in progress. Oilsandstruth.org holds the view that nothing short of a full shut down of all related projects in all corners of North America can realistically tackle climate change and environmental devastation.

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Tar Sands 101

The Tar Sands "Gigaproject" is the largest industrial project in human history and likely also the most destructive. The tar sands mining procedure releases at least three times the CO2 emissions as regular oil production and is slated to become the single largest industrial contributor in North America to Climate Change.

The tar sands are already slated to be the cause of up to the second fastest rate of deforestation on the planet behind the Amazon Rainforest Basin. Currently approved projects will see 3 million barrels of tar sands mock crude produced daily by 2018; for each barrel of oil up to as high as five barrels of water are used.

Human health in many communities has seriously taken a turn for the worse with many causes alleged to be from tar sands production. Tar sands production has led to many serious social issues throughout Alberta, from housing crises to the vast expansion of temporary foreign worker programs that racialize and exploit so-called non-citizens. Infrastructure from pipelines to refineries to super tanker oil traffic on the seas crosses the continent in all directions to allthree major oceans and the Gulf of Mexico.

The mock oil produced primarily is consumed in the United States and helps to subsidize continued wars of aggression against other oil producing nations such as Iraq, Venezuela and Iran.

To understand the tar sands in more depth, continue to our Tar Sands 101 reading list

Opposition Mounting to Energy East Export Pipeline Even Before TransCanada Files Official Application

Opposition Mounting to Energy East Export Pipeline Even Before TransCanada Files Official Application

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 20, 2014) - Opposition to TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline - which would be North America's largest oil pipeline, transporting crude from Alberta east through Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes - is mounting steadily across eastern Canada, even before the company has filed its official project application.

Shell hits back at 'carbon bubble' claims

Shell hits back at 'carbon bubble' claims

Oil and gas company publishes 20 page document telling investors that climate laws will not leave it with 'stranded assets'

John Vidal
theguardian.com, Tuesday 20 May 2014

Chicago's Petcoke Woes Are Far From Over

Chicago's Petcoke Woes Are Far From Over

Mayor Rahm Emanuel banned new or expanded refineries that produce the stuff, but the Southeast side is still dealing with what's already there.

Sarah Goodyear

May 19, 2014

Protesters rally in Marktown against BP (Indiana)

Protesters rally in Marktown against BP
May 17, 2014

EAST CHICAGO — Michelle BarlondSmith of Battle Creek, Mich., has been living with the aftereffects of the Enbridge oil spill for three years, nine months and 24 days, and her community is still not whole.

Urgent: Enbridge Line 9 Site has been occupied close to Burlington (May 20, 2014)

Urgent: Enbridge Line 9 Site has been occupied close to Burlington, Ontario this morning

Krystalline Kraus
| May 20, 2014

Early this morning, anti-tar sands activists are currently blockading the access road to an exposed section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. They have pledged to remain on site for, “at least twelve hours, one hour for every thousand anomalies Enbridge has reported to exist on the line.”

The blockaders arrived on site at 7:00 am and began to turn Enbridge Oil employees as they began to arrive for their morning shift.

Canada’s $207,000 tar sands ad: Putting a price on deception

Canada’s $207,000 oil sands ad: Putting a price on deception

Eric Reguly

The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, May. 09 2014

The ad in The New Yorker is pretty, if not quite arresting. The full-page photo on the inside back cover – prime real estate in the United States’ leading upmarket magazine – features a pristine river meandering through a lush mountain valley, untouched by humanity. It is not a tourism ad. It is designed to convince influential Americans that the Keystone XL pipeline is environmentally safe, even desirable.

Not satisfied with controlling the Maritimes, how Irving wants to conquer tar sands

Special Report: A Canadian family's 'Plan B' to pump tar sands oil
Posted: March 27, 2014

"The genesis of this is really the Keystone XL pipeline, and the continuing political obstacles to getting approval for it," said Frank McKenna, former New Brunswick premier, Irving family friend and vocal advocate of the project.

By Richard Valdmanis and Dave Sherwood
Reuters

Tar Sands May Have Caused Sickness That Forced Families From Homes, Canadian Regulator Says

Tar Sands May Have Caused Sickness That Forced Families From Homes, Canadian Regulator Says

By Emily Atkin
April 1, 2014

Karla and Alain’s Labrecque's children, now living happily and healthily in British Columbia after a year of unexplained sickness in Peace River, Alberta.

Published with permission of Karla and Alain Labrecque

Karla and Alain’s Labrecque’s children, now living happily and healthily in British Columbia after a year of unexplained sickness in Peace River, Alberta. Published with permission of Karla and Alain Labrecque

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