We have previously discussed the potential damage of the oil sands to the local ecosystem, but it is now becoming clearer that the pollution in the Athabasca river is rising. Fish are no longer safe to eat; as such, communities that used to live off the local land are in danger. Diane Saxe gives a very good run-down of a new study by David Shindler that clearly identifies abnormally high levels of heavy metals in the river and fish.
The question becomes, why is neither the Federal or Provincial government doing anything about this? In a couple of weeks, we will be publishing a report with all the environmental penalties in Canada, without spoiling the ending, there aren’t many.
The full study by David Shindler is found here.