Garth Lenz

Industrial landscape: Tar Sands

The Alberta Oil Sands - or Tar Sands - represent the world's third largest proven oil reserves. They produce more carbon than traditional oil reserves. This is compounded by the fact that the production of this resource requires the removal of the boreal forest ecosystem, one of the world's most effective terrestrial carbon sinks.

  
  
     
  
  
  
     
  
  
  
     
  
  
  
     
  
  
  
Alberta Tar Sands, also know as Oil Sands, mine.
     
  
  
<p>Tar Sands mine site.</p>
  
Shell Firebag SAGD - in situ - development and associated deforestation
     
  
Suncor effluent pipe and tailings pond.
  
Tailings Pond and Syncrude Upgrader in the Alberta Athabasca
  
     
  
  
  
     
  
  
Alberta Tar Sands, also know as Oil Sands, mine.
  
Syncrude effluent pipe and tailings pond.
     
  
  
  
     
  
An effluent pipe dumps mine tailings into a vast tailings
  
  
Alberta Tar Sands or Oil Sands, tailing pond. These unlined tailings ponds are the world's largest toxic impoundments and are found just meters from the Athabasca River.
     
  
Tailings pond and reflections. Alberta Tar Sands or Oil Sands, tailing pond. These unlined tailings ponds are the world's largest toxic impoundments and are found just meters from the Athabasca River.
  
Syncrude Operations.Alberta Oil Sands and effluent pond. Northern Alberta.
  
     
  
  
Truck, tailings pond, and syncrude upgrader.
  
     
  
  
  
     
  
Alberta Tar Sands or Oil Sands, tailing pond. These unlined tailings ponds are the world's largest toxic impoundments and are found just meters from the Athabasca River.