federal government that your health is a priority and that polluters must be
held accountable for what they put into the air, water and land you depend on.
federal government to investigate and disclose the full impacts of oilsands
thousands of Canadians to co-sign the letter below. Will you?
Sign our open letter to Environment Canada and the Director of Public Prosecutions
Dear Minister Kent and Deputy Minister Hamilton and Mr. Saunders,
Upgrading oil extracted from Alberta’s
oilsands comes at a cost. Huge amounts of energy are required to extract the
thick, tarlike substance from the earth and transform it into synthetic crude
The burning and combustion associated with
the upgrading process releases airborne pollutants, including particulate
matter containing toxic polycyclic aromatic compounds. Some of these substances
have been found to cause cancer in humans and impact the development and
survival of fish.
Research conducted by Ecojustice, a
Canadian environmental charity, has revealed that in Northern Alberta, these
pollutants end up in the Athabasca River, contaminating a waterway that’s home
to more than half of the province’s fish species.
But that’s just part of the story. Because
even though the oilsands are one of the biggest industrial projects on the
planet, the federal government doesn’t monitor and report oilsands pollution in
an accessible, transparent way. That means we have no way of knowing the
cumulative effects oilsands production has on human health and the environment.
That needs to end now.
We, the undersigned, urge you to conduct a
formal investigation into the scope and impact of oilsands pollution to
determine if oilsands operators are breaking the law. We also urge you to
disclose your findings to the public.
We care about our health and the health of
the environment. We want to know the full story of what’s happening in the
oilsands region and how it’s affecting the air, water and land we depend on.
Thank you for your help.