Residual Bitumen

Surface detail of one of Suncor’s tailings ponds. While the residual bitumen floating on the water (escaped from the bitumen extraction process) is quite dramatic, the brown water/sludge might be of greater concern. Its waterborne silt, saturated with carcinogens and other toxins, is an integral part of the bitumen mining process.

Beautiful Destruction, pp. 278-279

Suncor South Tailings Pond, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

 

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56°51’42.7″N+111°20’36.2″W


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56°51’42.7″N+111°20’36.2″W

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