I’ve had my eyes on Alberta Canada since June of 2013, when I first learned about the terrible destruction of pristine boreal forests and native communities in Alberta caused by the mining of tar-sands for crude oil production. Those operations are concentrated in the Fort McMurray area, so my interest and concern peaked recently when reports surfaced about the massive wildfires there.
Most, but not all of the mining operations are north of Fort McMurray, and most, but not all of the worst fires are in and to the south of Fort McMurray. But the fires and the oil mines are intimately linked. Here’s are several of the latest reports (thanks to Google):
Yahoo7 News–17 hours ago
teleSUR English–9 hours ago
The Independent–1 hour ago
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette–11 hours ago
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel–5 hours ago
International–The Guardian Charlottetown–21 hours ago