ACTIVIST CLAIM: Activists claim plan to release tailings can harm the environment and is unproven.
THE FACTS: Alberta has one of the most comprehensive tailings management systems in the world – tailing released into the Athabasca River would be heavily treated and regulated, as they already are for other industries.
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Here are some facts to have a reasoned conversation about Canadian natural gas and hydrogen:
- Tailings ponds are heavily regulated by the government and would need to meet specific health criteria before being released into the environment.
- The Canadian oil and gas industry is working on clean technology that could make released tailings cleaner than the water they’re being released into.
- Canadian oil sands producers have invested over $10 billion into tailings management to help reduce environmental risk, including for the potential release of tailings.
- Additionally, studies have shown that the presence of metals and compounds in the Athabasca River have been relatively unchanged over the past 150 years of development.
- 80-95% of the water used in oil sands projects is recycled from tailings and other sources.
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