This is a response piece to “ditch_witch” on MyMcMurray.com, who replied to a post I made there. You can read the MyMcurray.com piece here.
Posted on MyMcMurray:
Thank you for responding Ditch_Witch – conversation around topics as important as the environment & industry need to happen. All opinions need to be properly expressed and shared in order for the right, and informed, decisions to be made. So thank you for sharing your thoughts – I can see that you are quite passionate about the topic.
I thought about ending my reply there…. but I did write some points down, and they can be found on my blog here: https://myoilsands.wordpress.com. Please take the points as you wish. Continue reading
Posted in Industry, oil sands
Tagged birds, communications, cumulative effects, ditch_witch, greenpeace, industry, MyMcMurray.com, oil sands, tarsands, wildlife
oiled duck - photograph by Todd Powell, property of EdmontonJournal.com
So if you’ve been paying attention to oil sands / energy industry / business / environmental news today, you’ll more than likely have heard Syncrude Canada Ltd. has been ordered to pay roughly $3 million in fines due to the Waterfowl incident in 2008 where approximately 1,600 ducks died on a tailings pond.
I’m not going to get into specifics, but you can read more about the fines from Canadian Business and from our own Fort McMurray Today.
Impact on Wildlife needs perspective
I would however like to point you to a post I did in April entitled “[Insert Bird Pun Here]: Oil Sands and Wildlife“. In it, I take a quick look at how two different areas in how they impact wildlife: the buildings we construct, and the vehicles we drive.
impact imprint - courtesy of Janet 59
I look at things like how just three buildings in Scarborough, Ontario, have killed over 7,000 birds in 10 years. Three buildings, 82 species, 7,000 birds dead.
How come Greenpeace hasn’t flown European zealots over to Scarborough to scale the buildings, raise a banner, and then get arrested? (A simple answer might be this: money)
Anyway, I just think we need to take a broader look at how we as a species are impacting the world around us. If we talk the talk, then we need to walk the walk and demand accountability from more than just “big oil” – we need to take a look in the mirror and demand it from ourselves as consumers.
Posted in oil sands
Tagged accountability, big oil, birds, Canadian Business, ducks, fort mcmurray today, greenpeace, oil sands, scarborough, Syncrude, tailings pond, waterfowl, wildlife, zealots