Forests and Climate Change
ACTION ALERT - No New Approvals on Tar Sands! – Sierra Club Prairie wants Total’s Joslyn Mine proposal shelved.
French Oil Giant Total has filed a proposal for a new open pit tar sands mine in the tar sands. The area is already plagued with local reports of environmental pollution, treaty rights violations and health problems. Total’s mine proposal threatens to make these issues worse!
From Total’s own admission the new open pit mine will:
- Result in one and a half million tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution each year, equivalent to putting over 270,000 cars on the road.
- Destroy seven thousand hectares of land, equivalent to the 13,000 football fields, with no realistic hope of reclamation of these areas to the same natural state they were in before.
- Result in the production of 12.5 billion litres of toxic tailings waste each year, and over the project life amounting to a volume large enough to fill over 100 sports stadiums, without any proven plan to keep these toxic materials from entering the region’s lands and waters.
- Result in the production of 2,740 tonnes of pollution each year that causes acid rain.
- Remove and pollute up to 22 billion litres of fresh water from the Athabasca River each year.
In addition this project has not received the free, prior and informed consent of the Indigenous people of the region and raises serious concerns with respect to Treaty rights infringements.
Sierra Club Prairie asserts that as many of their members are citizens of Canada who have benefited from Treaties, there is an interest and responsibility to ensure the Canadian & Alberta government’s behaviour is honourable and legal in upholding Section 35 of the Constitution which relates to ‘Aboriginal’ rights.
Call or email or mail a letter to Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach!
The Honourable Ed Stelmach
Premier of Alberta
307 Legislature Bldg
10800 - 97 Avenue
Canada T5K 2B6
Phone Number (780) 427-2251
Fax Number (780) 427-1349
Call or email or mail a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper!
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Phone Number (613) 992-4211
Fax Number (613) 941-6900
Write a letter to your local paper.
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