Compilation: Photos of Fish Pulled from the Athabasca River, which runs through the heart of the Alberta Tar Sands
Prentice to Review Oil Sands Monitoring
Study provides damning evidence that tar sands development causing carcinogenic pollution in Alberta
A Smoking Gun on the Athabasca River: Deformed Fish
Given the regularity with which fisherman now catch deformed fish, Schindler suggested that a federally funded fish health study on the Athabasca River “should be a much higher priority [for Ottawa] than funding hockey rinks and new fighter jets.” Aboriginal communities and leaders downstream of the oil sands have been calling for such studies for nearly a decade.
Deformed Fish Coming Out of Athabasca River
Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation said that the community has been told that the contaminants are naturally occurring. He and his community question those statements citing the health decline in their region due to cancers and other illnesses that had never been in the area before.
“We need answers now about whether industry pollutants are related to declines in fish health and the health of our community.”
Oilsands Poisoning Fish says Scientists, Fishermen
“We live a very traditional life, we live off the land and the water. We have been told again and again that contaminants are naturally occurring, yet in the last 40 years we have seen the health of our community decline due to cancers and illness that we didn’t see before,” Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation said in a statement.