Alberta Oil Sands Case Study

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The Alberta Oil Sands have affected many stakeholder groups such as government, residents, researchers and employees. However, we will focus on how it affects the Alberta Government; specifically, Ed Stlemech of the Conservative Government. As my stake holder, Ed Stlemech does not live within the Alberta Oil Sands area as well as have any direct relevance to it, I will instead examine how it has affects the citizens of Alberta and more importantly, those who live in and near the Fort Chipewyan area. In this way, the environmental, the economical as well as the societal impacts will impact Albertan voters and therefore impact the Conservative Government in way of the Alberta General Election.
Due to intensive refining processes of Alberta’s
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Emissions will also affect the carbon cycle as it will increase greenhouse gases as well as contribute to a feedback loop involving the polar ice caps in which trapped greenhouse gases will be released; thus contributing to global warming even more. Due to this, it is expected that the temperature will rise 4°C. As a result, it is expected one-fourth of the world species will possibly go extinct by 2050. This will be come through direct impact, where a certain species will be unable to adapt and will die off, as well as indirect impact, through food web disturbances. Finally, toxic wastes that are often leached into nearby lakes or rivers have impacted local residents. Samples taken from several animals and water sources near oil sand mine found high concentrations of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and levels of arsenic, mercury, cadmium and selenium have been leeched into the water, several of which are fat-soluble. Through the drinking of this water, as well as…show more content…
This 1.4 trillion-dollar industry has been able to benefit Albertans. To elaborate, Alberta’s upstream energy sector, which mainly includes the oil sands, conventional oil as well as gas and mining has provided 133,053 jobs for Alberta residents, according to Statistics Canada. As well, having the third largest oil reserves in the world, Canada is able to use the oil reserves as a trading asset, as it is currently providing 1.4 million barrels of oil to the USA everyday, which is equivalent to $49.7 million at current stock prices. As well, $52 billion dollars in royalty were accounted for during 2013-14. In this way, the oil sands industry provides jobs, billions of dollars in royalties and boosts national income and prosperity through the trading of this resource. This affects my stakeholder since this would give Ed Stlemech a healthy financial resume/profile to an otherwise terrible environmental and societal resume while he was Alberta’s
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