Thursday, July 25, 2013
Bombs & Bitumen - a Lethal Cocktail
There's a stretch of territory straddling the Alberta-Saskatchewan border where Canadian and allied fighter jocks go to play. The strafe the place and they bomb it and even fire rockets into it. It's called the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range.
Guess what else they do at CLAWR? When the air force boys aren't blasting the hell out of it, the fossil fuelers go in to mine bitumen. It all works out great for everyone - right until it doesn't, until now.
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has a bitumen spill or four on its hands inside the CLAWR. Nobody really knows when the spill began but it's been at least three months since it was noticed. Nobody knows the actual extent of the spill since a lot of it is sub-surface. And, because it's uncappable, nobody knows how much leakage there'll be.
As for the extent of environmental damage or the progress being made we'll just have to rely on what the company is saying. It's an active air weapons range after all. That means journalists and unwelcome eyes are not allowed on site.