Right now in Alberta, tar sands bitumen is spilling into the environment at four different sites, one directly underneath a lake. All four spills have been spilling for months and the Alberta and Canadian governments know all about it, they are just powerless to stop them.
To date over 1,528,996.71 litres of tar sands have been spilled onto the landscape near Cold Lake, Alberta and every day another estimated 3,000 litres pour out.
To help you keep track and to remind the Alberta government, and CNRL (Canadian National Resources Ltd – the company responsible for the spills) that their work is far from over we’ve come up with this handy Cold Lake tar sands spill counter: http://spill-widget.openwe.st/
This counter shows, based on the daily spill average, just how much tar sands has been and continues to spill into Alberta’s environment.
For more information see http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/Blog/tar-sands-spills-up-to-15289967...
Poor management puts federal climate plans at risk ...
Our audit shows that Canada is not on track to meet its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is not new. However, the federal government has made new international and national commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which include commitments set out under the Copenhagen Accord, the 2010 Federal Sustainable Strategy, and the Cancun action plan. All of these establish a commitment to achieving a 17 percent reduction, from the 2005 levels, in greenhouse gases by 2020.
It is unclear whether the federal government will be able to achieve these new reduction targets until a coherent system is in place that has clear objectives, timelines, interim targets, and expectations with key partners. The government will also need an overall strategy to coordinate efficient and effective spending of billions of dollars.