"Oil Sands Development Polluting Alberta Lakes: Study"

"Oil-sands development is polluting nearby remote Alberta lakes with rising levels of a toxic carcinogen, refuting long-standing claims that waterway pollution in the region is largely naturally occurring, a study has found."

"The peer-reviewed study, published Monday by a research team including Environment Canada scientists, found levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have risen roughly at the same pace as development in six nearby lakes. It’s “well established” that some PAHs are carcinogenic, according to the American Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Some types of PAHs have been linked to infertility, immune disorders and fish mutation."

Josh Wingrove reports for the Toronto Globe and Mail January 7, 2013.

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"Oil Sands Industry in Canada Tied to Higher Carcinogen Level" (New York Times)

Source: Toronto Globe & Mail, 01/08/2013