Leaked: Oil Industry Cleanup Costs in Canada Vastly Exceed Previous Estimates

More monkey humping by the oil companies

Rigged Game

Cross-posted from The Real News Network

A new leak has revealed that Canadian taxpayers could ultimately be on the hook for hundreds of billions of oil industry cleanup costs.

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DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting for The Real News Network from Montreal, Canada.

In January of this year, The Real News reported on the controversy surrounding Alberta’s toxic tar sands tailing ponds. As we reported at the time, Alberta’s oil industry has estimated the cost to clean up these massive tailings ponds at about $50 billion. But other experts have estimated the total cost to be far higher, and the Trudeau government seemed blissfully indifferent to the scale of the problem.

Now a tar sands scandal has erupted in Canada thanks to an unintentional leak by Alberta’s energy regulator. As reported by the National Observer earlier this month, Alberta’s energy regulator privately estimates the total cost of…

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