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The environmental impacts of Athabasca Oil Sands exploitation

Chris Curtis to speak at Canadian Environmental workshop

The environmental impacts of Athabasca Oil Sands exploitation

Dr Chris Curtis has been invited to speak at the Western Canada S and N Deposition Workshop), to be held in Banff, Alberta, 28-30 April, hosted by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME), Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) and the Wood  Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA).

He will present the results of a recently completed ENSIS contract for CEMA  on "Palaeolimnological assessment of lake chemistry changes in Alberta". This has entailed a detailed study of sediment cores from 12 lakes in the Athabasca Oil Sands area near Fort McMurray, and has found the first evidence of lake acidification associated with exploitation of the oil sands. Major research programmes in the area are assessing the environmental impacts of oil sands exploitation and, in particular, their effects on the traditional use of natural resources by First Nations peoples in the region.


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