Industrial landscape: Canada's Tar Sands: Tar Pond in Winter

The tailings ponds of the Alberta Tar Sands are the largest toxic impoundments in the world. Individual “ponds” can range in size up to 8850 acres. It has been estimated by Natural Resources Canada that the industry to date has produced enough toxic waste to fill a canal 32 feet deep by 65 feet wide from Fort McMurray to Edmonton, and on to Ottawa. Syncrude alone, dumps 500,000 tons of toxic tailings into just one of their tailings ponds everyday.
Tar Pond in Winter

The tailings ponds of the Alberta Tar Sands are the largest toxic impoundments in the world. Individual “ponds” can range in size up to 8850 acres. It has been estimated by Natural Resources Canada that the industry to date has produced enough toxic waste to fill a canal 32 feet deep by 65 feet wide from Fort McMurray to Edmonton, and on to Ottawa. Syncrude alone, dumps 500,000 tons of toxic tailings into just one of their tailings ponds everyday.