Condition of fish in Lake Athabasca appall scientists, natives-

The tar sand pits have been called the world’s greatest on-going environmental disaster.  Many are fingering the pits as the cause of hideously deformed fish showing up downstream.

Mutant fish lead to calls for Ottawa to monitor oil sands. Bob Weber. Edmonton — The Canadian Press. “The fish are hard to look at.”

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

4 Responses to Disgusting deformed fish show up below giant Alberta tar sands pits

  1. Salle says:

    U.S. senators impressed with Alberta oilsands tour

    –“EDMONTON — Two U.S. senators who toured the oilsands Friday say they were impressed by Alberta’s success in balancing industry with environmental stewardship, but critics say the government tour is biased in favour of development.”–

  2. The senators were Republicans Lindsey Graham and Saxby Chambliss.

  3. Salle says:

    Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat was there too. Regardless, the two Rep.s seem to like the biased, narrowly focused manner in which they were “handled”. One stated that because they saw lots of wilderness on the way there, on a plane, that the oilsands operators were good environmental stewards. they had no contact with the locals. Shows you how they perceive the public of their country…

  4. John Bernardi says:

    I find it disgusting that our government is allowing all this to take place. They send young people to die in a foriegn country like afghanastan to protect people over there, yet they sacrifice the lives of our people at home. No wonder they wan’t to change our national anthem, especially the part that says we stand on guard for thee. shame on them all.


September 2010


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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