Tar Sands

The Tar Sands Bubble

Open Pit Strip Mining of Oil in Alberta Tar Sands

by Brian Palmer, originally published by Onearth  | OCT 7, 2014 The Canadian tar sands industry has seen better days. Energy giant Statoil announced last week that it would postpone a major mining project in Alberta for at least three years. It was just the latest in a string of major setbacks for tar sands […]

Peak Oil is Here, but don’t worry, there is still plenty of oil, we just can’t afford it (Video)

Peak Oil

Peak oil is here, there is no doubt about it. But the industry (and our politicians) say there is plenty of fossil fuels still, termed “UN-conventional oil”, or “UN-conventional fossil fuels”. So what does that mean exactly. Well UN-conventional oil is simply oil and gas reserves that we extract using UN-conventional methods from UN-conventional sources, such […]

Tar Sands Oil Extraction – The Dirty Truth (Video)

From the makes of this video:

Environmental devastation of the land, water, and air – the largest industrial energy project in the world is extracting crude oil from bitumen found beneath the pristine boreal forest of Alberta, Canada. Effecting a land mass equivalent in size to Florida or England, Both industry and government are putting money before the health and security of its people and the environment.

Tar sands take 3 barrels of water to process every barrel of oil extracted. Ninety percent of this water becomes so toxic that it must be stored in tailing ponds. Unfortunately these ponds regularly leach pollution into the third largest watershed in the world.

Water depletion, exploitation, privatization and contamination has become one of the most important issues facing humanity this century. Check out my other video on water issues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMmpg35Bym0 and see my other videos to learn about the dark side of fossil fuels.

To learn more about tar sands, be sure to check out the featured film sources listed below. Find out more about what you can do and how to support the film makers.


Crude Sacrifice


Dirty Oil (available to watch online)


Downstream — (available to watch online)






Check out a new promising technology to eliminate tailing ponds:


Tar sands development can be minimized by blocking development of pipelines, such as Keystone XL, that carry the sludge of this incredibly polluting energy project. Tell Canada to clean up this mess and join with Bill McKibben and Josh Fox and let your voice be heard.