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Tailings Ponds

Tailings ponds – the pools of toxic sludge that are a byproduct of tar sands production – are nothing new. These “water features” have been in the national and international spotlight since 2008 when 1600 ducks died after landing on a tailings pond. Despite repeated promises from government and industry to clean up the waste, the tailings ponds have only grown, and are already leaching into the groundwater at the rate of millions of gallons per day.

Holding government and industry accountable for toxic tailings

Take action to demand a just cleanup of the tar sands and tailings ponds for a just transition

It is imperative that the Alberta government work together with the federal government to find solutions to the tailings ponds ...
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Free, prior, and informed consent is a bare minimum

As the toll of the tar sands on Indigenous communities grows, Canada continues to fail in its obligations to UNDRIP

For decades government and industry have been making decisions about tar sands development without the free, prior, and informed consent ...
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For nearly 30 years Indigenous communities have been sounding the alarm

Tell the federal government to listen to downstream Indigenous communities and say “no” to tailings dumping 

Email Minister Guilbeault and demand that government listens to the voices of downstream Indigenous communities that are opposed to the ...
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Webinar: Tailings and a Just Transition

Tailings and a Just Transition

Alberta’s tailings ponds provoked international outcry in 2008 when images were released of ducks struggling to survive in the toxic ...
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Webinar: Indigenous Rights, Knowledge, and Tailings

Indigenous Rights, Knowledge, and Tailings

Alberta’s tailings ponds provoked international outcry in 2008 when images were released of ducks struggling to survive in the toxic ...
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Keep toxic tailings out of the athabasca

No more broken promises: holding government and industry accountable for toxic tailings ponds

Since time immemorial the Athabasca River has been a powerful source of life in what is currently called Alberta. A ...
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Waterways not water waste

Tell the federal government to say no to tailings dumping! 

Email Minister Steven Guilbeault and demand regulations that do not allow tailings dumping into the Athabasca River ...
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Webinar: Tailings: Past and Present

Tailings: Past and Present

Alberta’s tailings ponds provoked international outcry in 2008 when images were released of ducks struggling to survive in the toxic ...
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