NY Times, By CLIFFORD KRAUSS and ELISABETH ROSENTHAL, Published: May 18, 2010
CONKLIN, Alberta â€” Beneath the subarctic forests of western Canada, deep under the peat bogs and herds of wild caribou, lies the tarry rock that is one of Americaâ€™s top sources of imported oil.
There is no chance of a rig blowout here, or a deepwater oil spill like the one from the BP well that is now fouling the Gulf of Mexico. But the oil extracted from Canadaâ€™s oil sands poses other environmental challenges, like toxic sludge ponds, greenhouse gas emissions and the destruction of boreal forests.
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