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Canada: Greenpeace breaks into site to protest tar sands

Date: 31 Jul 2008

A group of campaigners from environmental NGO Greenpeace broke into a site owned by Syncrude Canada Ltd, a consortium of different oil companies, in Alberta to protest against the company's involvement in new oil sands developments.

The protesters blocked a waste water pipe and unfurled a banner labelling tar sands as 'the World's Dirtiest Oil'. The campaign group is urging the government of Alberta not to approve new licences for the extraction of oil sands.

Earlier, Syncrude was allegedly involved in a pollution incident which led to contamination of a tailings pool. The government is considering suing the company.

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