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April 11, 2013

Oil production contaminates vital water

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5. The polluted barrels of water from the tar sand oil production are not easily treated and will require storage before and during treatment, with the potential for spills and the contamination of additional water.

In summary, the production of tar sand oil is energy inefficient, produces large amounts of environmentally detrimental gasses, uses huge amounts of fresh water and has a potential to pollute more barrels of water.

In addition to the environmental dangers of Keystone pipeline oil transportation, the production of the tar sand oil entails huge environmental costs at the expense of future generations.

Even if the proponents of such construction were correct in their exaggeration of jobs produced, the avocation of pipeline construction and tar sand oil for job and energy production purposes is a “penny wise and a pound foolish” idea.

Dr. Jesse Fuchs is a demographer, now living in Norman. He welcomes your comments and questions at bacolod1979@yahoo.com.

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