Ecojustice Blog – Climate change, Healthy communities Posted on June 26, 2013 (updated: February 17, 2015)

It’s time to air out the oilsands’ dirty secrets

Melissa GorrieLawyer

UPDATE: Environment Canada has issued a response. It says that according it its analysis, there is “insufficient evidence” to indicate a violation of the Fisheries Act.

Your voice matters. And when it comes to the oilsands pollution and your health, you won’t be silenced.

That’s the message we sent — loud and clear — to the federal government today when we delivered an open letter signed by 5,097 Ecojustice supporters like you demanding that the feds investigate and disclose the full impact oilsands pollution has on rivers, fish and people.

You already know that Ecojustice research links oilsands emissions to contamination of Alberta’s Athabasca River, a waterway that holds ecological, cultural and commercial significance for the people who live along its shores. You also know that the federal government’s weak monitoring and reporting requirements mean that Canadians have no way of knowing the cumulative effects oilsands production has on human health and the environment.

Last month we got another stark reminder of why federal oversight of oilsands pollution matters. On March 25, Suncor, one of Canada’s biggest energy companies, accidentally released 350,000 litres of toxic wastewater into the Athabasca River and even now, the long-term impacts of that spill are unclear.

That’s why we’re partnering with Greenpeace Canada and four other groups to demand answers and action. It’s up to Ecojustice and people like you to stand up for our health and the environment and ensure that the federal government holds oilsands operators accountable when they pollute the air, water and land we all depend on.

With your help, we’re going to make sure the federal government hears what we have to say. The oilsands are one of the biggest industrial projects on the planet and we aren’t going to sit idly by and let their unchecked expansion continue to threaten our health or the health of future generations.

Thanks for standing with us.

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