Tar Sands in Your Tank

Last edited 10 May 2010 at 10:15am
Publication date: 
10 May, 2010

Extracting tar sands bitumen from the forest wilderness in Alberta, Canada has major environmental impacts - not least the significant increase in greenhouse gases (GHG) produced by extracting and processing the bitumen into a usable product. The extraction process is thought to produce on average three times the GHGs of conventional oil production.

Oil produced from tar sands is generally consumed only in Canada and the USA, but public concern in Europe has been growing, particularly around the financial links between European financial institutions and the tar sands industry.

Greenpeace can now reveal that petroleum products containing tar sands crude oil have been regularly entering the EU’s petroleum supply chain for some time, primarily through imports of diesel from the US Gulf Coast (USGC).

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