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The St. Lawrence River is being turned into a transport route for Alberta bitumen, one of the world’s dirtiest forms fuel. On September 24, Suncor shipped the first ever vessel of heavy crude on the St. Lawrence River from a port east of Montreal bound for Italy.
And this won’t be the only one. There are plans to ship 20 to 30 vessels each year! A second vessel was just stopped on the St. Lawrence this weekend and has been blocked from departing for safety reasons.
The St. Lawrence River is the second longest river in Canada. It connects the Great Lakes with the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean. The St. Lawrence provides drinking water to millions of people and has four areas designated under the UN Convention of Wetlands of International Importance. The Gulf is the world’s largest estuary, bordering five of 10 Canadian provinces.
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