It's too bad the Athabasca River doesn't feed Calgary's water system. If it did, you could be damned sure there wouldn't be any Tar Sands, the filthiest fossil fuel on the planet, bar none.
Mercury, Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium - despite the Alberta government's rank denials, these toxic contaminants are all winding up in the Athabasca due to the Tar Sands development. A research study released today shows that, even without a tailings pond spill (as of yet), Tar Sands effluent is reaching the Athabasca river and watershed in levels that render the fish stocks dangerous. The report was prepared by University of Alberta scientists, hydrologist Dr. David Schindler and Erin Kelly.
The Alberta government funds its own agency, the greatest environmental hoax ever. Alberta's Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program gives the Athabasca a clean bill of health. Schindler said the RAMP monitoring and findings "violate every rule" of long-term study and his research showed the opposite.
The spineless TarHeads of Parliament Hill, including Ignatieff and Layton, will probably give the report a pass lest they get dragged in to the myriad environmental calamities posed by the Tar Sands.