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UPDATE: Council joins call to end toxic tar sands tailings

A Greenpeace Canada media release on Thursday states, “As European Members of Parliament continue their tour of the tar sands, 75 groups from across Canada, the U.S. and Europe have signed on to a call-out demanding that toxic tailings lakes be phased out immediately.”

The petition states, “We are calling, with one voice, for the Alberta and the Federal government to address the growing and at times deadly impacts tar sands tailing lakes have by immediately denying all proposals that would require the creation of new tailings lakes and by legislating the complete phase out of existing tailings lakes because of the on-going and potential danger they pose to bird, animal, plant, aquatic and human populations.”

The petition was signed by the Council of Canadians, as well as the Calgary, Edmonton, Campbell River, Comox, Delta/Richmond, Guelph, Inverness, Montreal, Nelson, Northumberland, West Kootenay, Peterborough and Kawarthas, Quill Plains, Regina, Surrey-Langley-White Rock, Vancouver/Burnaby, Victoria, and Whistler chapters.

The petition and full list of signatories can be read at http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/sclefkowitz/GP%20Petition%20on%20Taillings%20Ponds%20November%202010.pdf.