Drinking Water for 35 Million In Southwest United States At Risk From New Tar Sands Strip Mine.
A Canadian tar sands company is just beginning to strip-mine in Utah, in the Colorado River watershed, threatening drinking water for 35 million Americans. In Canada, residents downstream from the Alberta Tar Sands are experiencing dramatically increased rates of cancer and other diseases, and the fish and animals in the area are contaminated with heavy metals.
The Utah Tar Sands Impact Campaign will utilize the film Last Rush For The Wild West as a centerpiece for information, engagement and action. It will activate grassroots and stakeholder opposition in towns and cities across the American southwest, and will influence decision makers to step in and avert this impending disaster.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
- The FIRST EVER LARGE SCALE TAR SANDS STRIP MINE in the UNITED STATES is under development in the COLORADO RIVER DRAINAGE in eastern Utah.
- ONE MILLION ACRES are at risk of being developed for tar sands and oil shale, both of which are similarly polluting and require similarly devastating strip-mining extraction.
- These strip mines will jeopardize the drinking water for 35 million people downstream in Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tijuana. Plans provide NO MEANINGFUL protection for groundwater.
- Process will use dangerous mystery chemicals that release petroleum pollution into ground and surface water.
- The Canadian Tar Sands operations in Alberta have poisoned the water at least 150 miles downstream on the Athabasca River, with cancer and sickness rates in humans skyrocketing in the last 30 years.
- Americans will be left with hundreds of millions in cleanup costs and centuries of environmental devastation.
- Taxpayer subsidies have already been used to provide infrastructure to destroy land that will be useless for centuries. These subsidies exemplify a classic “socialization of costs, privatization of profits” model.
- Burning tar sands and oil shale emits 300% more greenhouse gases than traditional fossil fuels, accelerating climate change.
Last Rush for the Wild West’s impact campaign will activate grassroots and stakeholder opposition in towns and cities across the American southwest, and will influence decision makers to step in and avert this impending disaster. Join us today!
For donations to Utah Tar Sands Impact Project via Partnerships For Change® go to: http://tinyurl.com/DonatetoNoUTar-Sand