Tar Sands in Your Tank

Publication - May 10, 2010
Greenpeace has produced a report that reveals for the first time that petroleum products containing tar sands crude oil have been regularly entering the EU’s petroleum supply chain for some time, primarily through imports of diesel from the US Gulf Coast.

Tar sands in your tank

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Executive summary:  The report reveals for the first time that petroleum products containing tar sands crude oil have been regularly entering the EU’s petroleum supply chain for some time, primarily through imports of diesel from the US Gulf Coast.
Extracting tar sands bitumen from the forest wilderness in Alberta, Canada has major environmental impacts - not least the significant increase in greenhouse gases (GHG) produced by extracting and processing the bitumen into a usable product. The extraction process is thought to produce on average three times the GHGs of conventional oil production.
Oil produced from tar sands is generally consumed only in Canada and the USA, but public concern in Europe has been growing, particularly around the financial links between European financial institutions and the tar sands industry. The report help groups in Europe trying to get politicians to adopt stronger emission standards that would block the import of oil from the tar sands.
 
Author: Lorne Stockman, for Greenpeace
Additional research: The Borealis Centre

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