Tar Sands – Progress or Stupidity?

“With just 5% of the world’s population, the United States now burns up to 20.6 million barrels of oil a day, or 25% of the worlds current output.” The insatiable demand for oil means that US ports must accept on supertanker every four hours, just to keep the country running. From America’s perspective, the large […]

Petropolis and Greenpeace in the Tar Sands

Greenpeace has finished their blockade demonstration at Shell’s Muskeg River oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray in the Tar Sands (Oil Sands) of Alberta, but not without raising international concern for the activities undertaken far out of the eye of the general public.

Tar Sands

Several years ago, I wrote a couple of pieces on the Athabasca Oil Sands, and I still get hits from people searching Google looking for images of this industrial monstrosity in Northern Alberta. Since then, media attention of the area has focused on mainly the wealth and growth of industry, property values and the seemly unstoppable flow of oil. Occasionally though, the dark side of the boom is portrayed, but typically not often enough for the average person to think twice about filling up their truck, or even to consider where the magical fuel is coming from.