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Canada: Secret government memo warns tar sands damage may be irreversible
Over the coming decade, emissions growth from the Alberta tar sands is projected to be greater than all other Canadian economic sectors combined ++++++++++++++++ by Mike De Souza Calgary Herald, February 21, 2012 Collateral damage from Canada's booming oilsands sector may be irreversible, posing a "significant environmental and financial risk to the province of Alberta," says a secret memorandum prepared for the federal government's top bureaucrat. The memorandum, released by the Privy Council Office through access to information legislation, also raises doubts about recent industry and government claims that oilsands companies are reducing heat-trapping gases produced by each barrel of oil. The industry has suggested that a shift in oilsands extraction to use steam to remove synthetic crude oil from natural bitumen deposits on site can reduce land disruption and provide for reductions in energy and emissions. But the memo, prepared for Wayne Wouters, the clerk of the Privy Council