Myth vs. Fact: Oil Sands Development Ruins Canada’s Boreal Forests

MYTH: Oil sands development is ruining Canada’s precious boreal forests and is destroying habitats for native animal populations like the caribou.

FACT: Canada’s oil sands development has affected less than 0.2 percent of Alberta’s boreal forest[1]. The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI), a non-profit organization created to monitor the impacts of oil sands development on Alberta’s biodiversity, reports that the Lower Athabasca region shows a species intactness index of 94 per cent – close to a completely intact condition for the region.



[1] Canadian Association of Petroleum Producer, Upstream Dialogue: Oil Sands, April 2012

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  1. […] simply not accurate. Here are the facts: Canada’s oil sands development has affected less than 0.2 percent of Alberta’s boreal forest. In fact, in Alberta alone, approximately 24 percent of the boreal […]

  2. […] According to Alberta law, reclamation isn’t an option – every mining site must be reclaimed. Thus far, over 67 square kilometers have been reclaimed and the Lower Athabasca region is showing a species intactness index of 94 percent. […]

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