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Published on Apr 11, 2010
What are the Tar Sands ?
Largely located in Alberta, the Tar Sands deposits are distributed over an area of 140,000 km2 an area larger than England.
Tar Sands are basically oily soil. They are sticky deposits of bitumen mixed with sand and clay, which require enormous quantities of energy and water, and several stages of industrial processing, to extract and turn into useable crude oil.
Tar Sands development is turning once-pristine stretches of ancient forest into desolate, post-apocalyptic landscapes and producing toxic pollution that is harming the health and quality of life of the regions Indigenous First Nations communities.