Myth vs. Fact: Tailing Ponds are a Threat to Local Wildlife

MYTH: Tailing ponds created during the oil sands mining process are a threat to local wildlife and have yet to be fully reclaimed despite promises made by the oil companies. FACT: Alberta law requires full reclamation of every mining site. All companies developing the oil sands must establish a reclamation plan that spans the life […]

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 […]

Myth vs. Fact: Canadian Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations

MYTH: Canadian greenhouse gas emissions regulations are weak and ineffective and are not strong enough to control oil sands emissions. FACT: Unlike the United States’ other top five sources of imported crude oil, Alberta has strict regulations of emissions and monitoring of air quality.  According to government data[1], Alberta was the first jurisdiction in North […]