Canada Oil Sands In 4 Points

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In this online presentation, you will learn about the development of the oil sands, dangers to the environment, and health concerns.

Why develop the Oil Sands?

The Oil Sands are located mainly in Alberta and Saskatchewan where there are three deposits which are called the Athabasca, Peace River, and the Cold Lake. The Athabasca Rives has the greatest amount of oil than the other two. The Oil Sands are a mixture of clay, water, sand, and bitumen. Bitumen is one of the heaviest oils to be pumped.

Canada is so eager to expand development from 2 million barrels per day to 4 millions barrels per day because of the amount of money that will be earned, and for transportation uses. Having more oil means that Canada won't have to worry about running out of gasoline and jet fuel for transportation. By increasing the amount of barrels, Canada will have enough money to start new projects like buildings and bridges

Map of the Three desposits

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Environmental Damage

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Environmental Damage

The Oil Sands are harming the environment due to the creation of multiple tailing ponds. Tailing ponds are large containers of a mixture of clay, water, and sand that can occasionally leak into the ocean causes unwelcome chemicals and other substances that can pollute the water and air. This is a big concern because water is nature's number 1 resource and if it becomes contaminated, there is no going back. In conclusion, tailing ponds are and issue that must be solved.

The Oil Sands are also harming the environment of the wildlife. In H2Oil it described how mercury and arsenic have increased in the water causing many fish and moose to die. This is really bad because it can damage the ecosystems where many animals interact. In conclusion, the wildlife must be noticed.

Environmental Damage on the tailing ponds

Oilsands Tailings Ponds a Growing Problem


In my opinion this video was very informative, in terms of the Oil Sands situation. I learned a lot on what the Oil Sands are doing to the environment and the wildlife surrounding it. For example, I found out the Alberta's Oil Sands mining have tripled in size since 2005. In conclusion, this is a very interesting, yet informative video to watch.

Health Concerns

The development of the Oil Sands are harming the people living downstream because of the increasing rate of cancer cases. According to Dr. John O'Connor, the amount of arsenic in the water and ground are affecting the growing of crops. This causes the food to have increased levels of arsenic, which when eaten by the people will most likely give them Colon cancer. Dr. John O'Connor cannot take action because he has been silenced by the government. In conclusion, something must be done to stop the Oil Sands from polluting Fort Chipewyan.

Should Canada continue to increase development of the Oil Sands?

Canada should continue to increase development of the Oil Sands because it creates more job opportunities, and transportation uses. First, Canada should continue to increase development of the Oil Sands because of the job opportunities. Oil Sands generates 49 billion dollars in revenue that can be used to employ over 100,000 people. This is very important because less families will be living on the streets and more people will have jobs to provide for their families. Second, Canada should continue to increase development of the Oil Sands because of the increasing amount of transportation uses. Oil is used for many transportation fuels like jet fuel and gasoline. In today's economy many people are using cars to go from place to place instead of bikes, this means that oil will be needed the most in society due to the growing population. In conclusion, Oil Sands should continue to develop due to the demanding needs of society.
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By: Brandon Sattan