Alberta First Nation reports two new oil sands leaks
Canada's Cold Lake First Nation says two new bitumen leaks have sprung at a northeastern Alberta oil sands project, taking the total to six, and endangering drinking water, animals and vegetation.
The company operating the project, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., blamed the first four leaks on mechanical failure and claimed in July that they had been contained.
Cold Lake First Nation chief Bernice Martial is concerned that the seepage may be affecting aquifers beneath the ground, The Canadian Press reports.
“Our people want answers and factual information on the contamination of now, six surface releases of bitumen oil,” Martial said Monday.
"Our future generations will not be able to enjoy what once was pristine Denesuline territory."
At their peak the four leaks were sending nearly a million litres of bitumen into the environment, and have reportedly killed 46 small mammals, 49 birds, 105 amphibians and 2 beavers, according to the Alberta Energy Regulator. Wolves and bears in the area have begun to migrate from the land.