Friday, May 4, 2012

Competing Land Uses in Alberta (Alberta Oil Magazine and CERI)

Agriculture outstrips oil sands land impact

April 30, 2012
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You may be able to see them from space, but Fort McMurray-area strip mines occupy a smaller footprint in Alberta than the province’s agriculture sector, according to the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute. As of September 2011, the Alberta government had listed roughly 66,000 hectares of disturbed land in the oil sands mineable area.
“This is not to suggest that oil sands development does not have significant land impacts but that there are also other sectors (i.e. agriculture) that have sizable human footprints (and may not have a remediation option available to them),” a March report published by the Canadian Energy Research Institute says.
Below is a snapshot of the human footprint of various industries compiled by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute.
Source: Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute

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