Fuel from refineries using tar sands is driving an environmental disaster
The US is the largest consumer of tar sands. And as bad as that tar sands consumption is for North America’s forests, water and air, it’s worse for US community health. Refineries processing tar sands create intense, toxic air pollution. Pipelines carrying tar sands chemicals are especially prone to breaks, contaminating our water. And local communities are left paying the costs. Just ask Kalamazoo, Michigan, where toxic chemicals from tar sands poisoned the Kalamazoo River.
Turning thick, corrosive "bitumen" from Canada's tar sands into something like oil is a wasteful, dirty process. And the fallout is not just in Canada's backyard. Many US refineries process the tarry substance, and the tar sands industry wants US refineries to take even more. With your help, we can protect US communities from the tar sands. We have already persuaded 19 major US companies, and one important US city, to avoid fuel from US refineries using tar sands. The list includes Trader Joes, Walgreens and Whole Foods. Those company commitments send a strong signal that the US does not want more tar sands and its harm to our environment and communities. And that signal against tar sands will grow stronger as our campaign educates more US brands about the problem of Canada’s tar sands.