Canadian Oil Sands Research Paper

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Environmental Issues surrounding the Canadian Oils sands and the Social Impact on Canadian Citizens Joe McNamara 4540639 GEOG 2P50 There is dirty business going on in Western Canada. An enterprise with severe ecological and social impacts has become a staple in the Canadian economy at the price of our lush prairie environment. We are susceptible to influences based on our physical environment and a landscape devastated by industry cries out for retribution and redemption. Canadian oil sands span across “715 km2 of boreal landscape”; this entire area has been destroyed for the ability to retrieve this precious resource (Raab & Bayley, 2013, p. 97). Oil sands are “a mix of sand, water,…show more content…
136). The implications for this are staggering with obvious increases in oil spills, GHG emissions, land and water usage. The oil sands have devastating ecological impacts which which must be addressed to fully comprehend the lasting effects of uninhibited industrialization in Canada. These ecological impacts have a direct and quantifiable relationship to human communities locally and across the…show more content…
138). The oil sands mining operations have had an increasingly devastating effect on the natural landscape surrounding the Athabasca river, Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan. One notable human impact is the increased potential for developing cancers. Aboriginal leaders have identified communities with an increase in deaths due to illnesses and cancers “associated with petroleum waste and by-products” (Wong, 2013, p. 134). According to a study done by Tenenbaum (2009, p. 153) there is an increase in the number of blood and lymphatic, biliary tract, and soft tissue cancers. Additionally, it was noted that there is a 3.5 times increase in lung cancer in women. These health concerns have even begun to be noticed downstream in the Northwest Territories watersheds (Mackenzie River and Arctic Ocean) (Wong, 2013, p.

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