The Peace River Valley
- BC Hydro is trying to build a huge dam that would put this entire area under water forever.
- Does this make sense to destroy farmland that can sustainably feed over 1 million people?
- Flooding 107 km of river valleys will drastically reduce habitat for many important species.
- Why destroy a place like this to provide unnecessary power instead of investing in renewables?
The Trans Mountain Pipeline
Alberta sits over one of the largest recoverable oil patches in the world second only to Saudi Arabia covering 149,000 square kilometers, an area larger than England. It holds at least 175 billion barrels of crude bitumen found beneath boreal forest, muskeg and rivers.
To access the sandy tar like substance, the land referred to by the industry as overburden is removed and saved for future reclamation. Cranes and 400 ton trucks haul the bitumen off to extraction plants where in order to separate the sand from the bitumen it is mixed with large amounts of fresh water heated by natural gas. It is then spun with a chemical solvent to further remove clay and minerals leaving the remaining waste water to be dumped into enormous toxic railings ponds. The siphoned off bitumen is then sent into pipelines to be processed into crude oil throughout America
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