Oil-Sands Mining in Canada Creates Mercury, Arsenic Pollution, Globe Says

Canada’s oil sands mining operations are producing vast and fast-growing amounts of mercury, heavy metals, arsenic and other toxic substances, the Globe and Mail reported, citing data released by Environment Canada.

The volume of arsenic and lead produced and left behind in talings ponds by bitumen mines run by Syncrude Canada Ltd, Suncor Energy Inc. Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc rose 26 percent, the newspaper reported.

The same companies last year also were responsible for 70,658 tons of volatile organic airborne compounds and 111,661 tons of sulphur dioxide, the newspaper reported.

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