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Bitumen Excavation

Image | September 15, 2009 at 16:22

A digger removes crude Bitumen from the ground to be trucked back to the processing plant to be upgraded and refined to synthetic oil.

Forest and Mine Site

Image | September 15, 2009 at 16:17

A thin border separates the Boreal Forest from an open-pit mine. Clear cutting and deforestation in Alberta's Tar Sands region releases on average 8.7 megatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere on a yearly basis. This is not accounted for...

Bitumen Extraction

Image | September 15, 2009 at 16:13

Oil filled soil is removed from the ground at Shell's Albian Sands mining project in Northern Alberta.

Greenpeace Tar Sands Action Aerial View

Image | September 15, 2009 at 15:46

Greenpeace activists from Canada, the US, and France place a giant banner reading "Tar Sands: Climate Crime" and block the open-pit mine at the Shell Albian Sands outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada on September 15, 2009.

Greenpeace Activist on Truck

Image | September 15, 2009 at 15:43

A Greenpeace Activist stands on top of a Caterpillar truck and hangs a "Tar Sands Climate Crime" banner as part of the first day of climate action at Shell Albian Sands mining operation. 15th September 2009 - FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA, CANADA

Greenpeace Team Poses on Dump Truck

Image | September 15, 2009 at 15:34

The team of Greenpeace Activists at the Shell Albian Sands mining operation just outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta, poses for a group photograph on a Caterpillar 777 Dump Truck.

Boreal Forest Waterway

Image | September 15, 2009 at 11:02

A creek branching off of the Athabasca River carries pollutants as the water moves downstream and away from the oil refineries.

Activists block tar sands mining operation to send message to Obama and Harper:...

Feature story | September 14, 2009 at 17:00

On the eve of the Harper-Obama meeting in Washington D.C., Greenpeace activists are locking down and blockading a giant dump truck and shovel at Shell’s massive Albian Sands open-pit mine in northern Alberta to send the message that the tar sands...

*UPDATE* Will Syncrude Duck Responsibility?

Blog entry by Bruce Cox | September 14, 2009 1 comment

Syncrude pleads : NOT GUILTY by reason of “we feel really, really, really, really bad about the dead ducks.” So this morning Syncrude lawyers entered a "not guilty" plea to both federal and provincial charges in the death of 1,600...

Will Syncrude Duck Responsibility?

Blog entry by Bruce Cox | September 14, 2009 5 comments

“We’re very saddened and sorry that this occurred” So read the Syncrude press release of April 8th, 2008 apologizing for the death of what was then believed to be 500 waterfowl, mostly ducks, on their toxic tailing ponds in the...

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