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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

Sask. Ass. of Pipeline Landowners addresses Enbridge, Recent Spill

Pipeline oil spill raises questions among residents
Angela Hall, The Leader-Post
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2007

Even before an oil spill was detected near Glenavon last weekend, some area residents had questions about the underground pipelines that snake through their land.

Days before the spill from an Enbridge line on Sunday, the newly formed Saskatchewan Association of Pipeline Landowners had already scheduled Wednesday's meeting in Glenavon.

The Human Right to Water and Indigenous Peoples

"Water is Life"

The Human Right to Water and Indigenous Peoples

Submission to the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights by the
International Indian Treaty Council, NGO in Special Consultative Status to the UN
Economic and Social Council

April 13, 2007


The International Indian Treaty Council is pleased to respond to the High
Commissioner's invitation to submit information relevant to the Council on Human
Rights' requested study on the human right to water. We thank the High Commissioner

Mining Journal: Breakdown of Companies and Projects

Growing for black gold
By: Marilyn Scales
Price tag for all oil sands projects nears $100 billion

Canada's oil sands are the world's largest single petroleum resource, nearly 1.7 trillion barrels. Most of this country's recoverable reserves (175 billion out of 180 billion bbl) are found in the Athabasca oil sands.

"Keystone pipeline will suck jobs, oil from Canada"-- Alberta Fed of Labour

Keystone pipeline will suck jobs, oil from Canada, AFL warns
Shaun Polczer, CanWest News Service; Calgary Herald
April 17, 2007

CALGARY - The head of the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) says TransCanada Corp.'s proposed Keystone pipeline to the U.S. is a "job killer" that needs to be stopped.

Climate Change to Create Unparalleled Economic Depression: Suzuki

Unchecked global warming would spawn unparalleled depression, Suzuki warns
Friday, April 20, 2007

OTTAWA (CP) - David Suzuki says Canadians are ready to pay for fighting climate change so long as it's fair.

After a cross-country tour in which he heard from thousands of people in more than 40 cities, the veteran broadcaster and author says Canadians are ready for a carbon tax that would penalize wasteful use of energy and reward efficiency.

National Post on Peak Oil and the Tar Sands

FYI for the non-Canadian located reader: The National Post is Canada's ultra right wing newspaper.


Sands are shifting for oil supply
Expert says we should be ready for big jump in price
Diane Francis, Financial Post
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2007

The world continues to run rapidly out of oil and natural gas, which points to dramatically higher prices in a handful of years.

Eco-Apartheid: Why is the green movement so lily white?

Eco-Apartheid: Why is the green movement so lily white?
By Van Jones // April 2007, common ground

In 2005, Americans sat before our television sets, horrified by images of an
American city underwater. In 2006, we sat in the nation's movie houses,
watching Al Gore make the case for urgent action. In 2007, Americans are
finally rising from our seats and demanding action to reverse global

Students are planning marches and protests to push Congress to curb

TransCanada Keystone Pipeline from Edmonton Vs. Chaplin Nature Centre, Kansas

Proposal alarms Chaplin
Oil pipeline officials may adjust their route

Traveler Staff Writer

The Chaplin Nature Center west of Arkansas City may be harmed by an oil pipeline from Canada that would run through its property, a nature center manager said today.

Shawn Silliman, the center's naturalist, said a flag planted on the south side of the 230-acre Chaplin center property indicates that the pipeline would run through the property.

Tar Sands slowly Expanding into northwest Saskatchewan

Oilpatch eyes neighbour
Bitumen find in Saskatchewan could spawn new industry
Claudia Cattaneo, Financial Post
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2007

By oil sands measures, the core sample plucked from 200 metres below a spindly Jack-pine forest last month was a beauty. Saturated with bitumen, the brownish, one-metre cut, part of a 20-metre oil sands zone, smelled like fresh asphalt. The sand was as warm and homogenous as that of a Caribbean beach.

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