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CANADA ALBERTA ALBIAN SANDS 11MAY07 - Bucyrus 495HF bucket shovel loading 100 ton loads of bitumen sands into Caterpillar 797 heavy duty trucks at the Shell Albian Sands mining operation. One Caterpillar 797 truck can take up to 400 tons payloads, the equivalent of 4 shovels. Shell are a 60% shareholder in the Muskeg River Mine, which has a capacity to mine bitumen sands equivalent to a production of 182000 barrels of heavy crude oil per day...The Alberta Tar Sands are the largest deposits of their kind in the world and their production is the single largest contributor to Canada's greenhouse gas emissions...Alberta's tar sands are currently estimated to contain a crude bitumen resource of 315 billion barrels, with remaining established reserves of almost 174 billion barrels, thus making Canada's oil resources ranked second largest in the world in terms of size...The industry has brought wealth and an economic boom to the region but also created an environmental disaster downstream from the Athabasca river, polluting the lakes where water and fish are contaminated. The native Indian tribes of the Mikisew, Cree, Dene and other smaller First Nations are seeing their natural habitat destroyed and are largely powerless to stop or slow down the rapid expansion of the oil sands development, Canada's number one economic driver...jre/Photo by Jiri Rezac / WWF-UK..© Jiri Rezac 2007..Contact: +44 (0) 7050 110 417.Mobile: +44 (0) 7801 337 683.Office: +44 (0) 20 8968 9635..Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.Web: www.jirirezac.com..© All images Jiri Rezac 2007 - All rights reserved.
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