Oil Sands Pollution

A February 23 vote by the European Union has ended in a stalemate, so that the issue of whether crude from Canada’s oil sands should be classed as dirtier than other fuels will be debated by the full European Council in Spring or early Summer. Read a CBC summary at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/02/22/oilsands-european-union-vote.html.
A paper by University of Victoria scientists Andrew Weaver and Neil Swart calculates the climate impact of producing the oil sands. “The Alberta Oil Sands and climate”, in Nature Climate Change was published online February 19, 2012 and is available (for a fee) at:http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate1421.html. Neil Swart’s website provides a summary of the paper and selected data at: http://climate.uvic.ca/people/nswart/Alberta_Oil_Sands_climate.html. For a discussion of the Weaver Swart paper, go to the Pembina Institute blog by P.J. Partington on February 27, at:  http://www.pembina.org/blog/612. Another study, released by the American Geophysical Union in its Geophysical Research Letters on February 22, is unique in using satellite data to calculate the overall extent of the oil sands’ air quality impacts including the giant dump trucks, huge refining facilities where the bitumen is processed, and more. Read a summary at:  http://www.agu.org/news/press/pr_archives/2012/2012-12.shtml.

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