The Canadian government as they speak to the media regarding the Imperial Oil Tailing Pond leak. We’re going to hear from the Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, and Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu, as they speak about a tailings leak and situation at the Imperial mine, the Imperial current mine with the oil sands and a processing plant. Tailings are what is left over after the oil has been processed for the tar sand so the petroleum can be extracted. This is one of the largest toxic tailings spills recorded in Alberta’s history. The Athabasca First Nations is in a dire situation because an overall breach of 5.3 million litres of toxic tailings spill from the Imperial Kearl mine into the Athabaskan watershed. The impact of the Imperial oil’s tailings pond has run deeper since May 2022 for separate tailing leaks at the Imperials Kearl Mine has been seeping into the Athabasca watershed leaving people of the ACFN with contaminated drinking water. Toxins in the water are poisonous to life long term. So Jessie Carnell, the executive director of the keepers of the water in an interview, said to Rabble.ca That he is angry to find out about this. The community of people literally didn’t know they’re rushing around to inform the community and people that there’s a huge massive toxic spill into that watershed. Alberta energy regulators and Imperial oil failed to inform the surrounding communities of the impending danger. Under the impact and Benefit Agreements made with the ACFM Imperial oil is obligated to address any adverse effects of industry activities on indigenous communities. And thus they have failed to do so. And the indigenous communities are at risk. From the toxins that were released from these tailings.
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