See it this way: these people are in a rush to destroy our planet
The Scope Of The Alberta Oil Sands Must Be Seen To Be Believed
26 April, 2012
I've spent the past few days touring oil sands research facilities and drilling sites, but today I got to see the vast expanse of sands from above.
Hanging out the side window of a small Cessna 172, I took these shots from about 1,000 feet in the air, north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Mining here in the sands makes up just over half the oil pulled from the area. Nearly as much is drawn up through wells in a process called in-situ recovery, but this open mining is generally what people think of when they picture the oil sands.
The vast number of people working these sites get bussed or flown in and head back to their homes on their days off. Tonight I'll be going on a ride along with the local police to see what types of difficulties, if any, such a unique population offers local law enforcement.
All the water used in mining here winds up in these tailing ponds that companies plan to convert back into native forest
The mines are just one part of the operation up here — this Suncor plant sits on the shores of the Athabasca River
These dump trucks are among the largest in the world and they swarm over the mine -- this set were headed away with more empty ones coming from the other direction to replace them
Here is a short documentary on the tar sands
Tar Sands Oil Extraction - The Dirty Truth
Environmental devastation of the land, water, and air - the largest industrial energy project in the world is extracting crude oil from bitumen found beneath the pristine boreal forest of Alberta, Canada. Effecting a land mass equivalent in size to Florida or England, Both industry and government are putting money before the health and security of its people and the environment.