We are in the middle of an unprecedented climate emergency—made even more dangerous by the fact that Donald Trump is dismantling every environmental legislation he can get his hands on. So why is Justin Trudeau preparing to approve a 30,000-hectare open-pit bitumen mine in the Alberta Tar Sands?
The 277,000-barrel-per-day Frontier tar sands mine is exactly what we were promised wouldn’t happen. Even all the pipelines getting approved were only supposed to be for existing oil production and wouldn’t mean expanding tar sands production—an expansion our climate won’t survive.
Doing nothing is not an option. We need to hold Justin Trudeau to account for his election promise to take climate change seriously. That’s why we want as many people as possible to file a comment with the public hearing for the Frontier Tar Sands. Tell the panel approving this project means game over for the climate.
Will you add your voice and tell the Trudeau Government our climate can’t survive another tar sands expansion?
The Frontier mine will be just 40 km away from the Fort McKay First Nation where rain puddles already glisten yellow because of pollution in the air and water. This project will devastate tens of thousands of hectares of boreal forest and muskeg that have sustained local Indigenous communities for centuries.
This mega-mine doesn’t even fit within the Alberta government’s own carbon emission restrictions. And with good reason: this reckless expansion of the tar sands, combined with the pipelines also in the works—Kinder Morgan, Energy East and Line 3—will only mean more burning of fossil fuels, more irreparable water use and more violation of First Nations rights.
Public hearings like this are a critical part of the democratic process and way for concerned citizens like us to make our voices heard. We have the opportunity to inundate the assessment panel with tens of thousands of reasons why more tar sands expansion would be a disaster for Canada. But only if all of us step up now.
Join us and speak up against tar sands expansion. Submit your comment to the public hearing on the Frontier Tar Sands mine.