Alberta officials are signalling they have no idea how to clean up toxic oilsands tailings ponds

By: Emma McIntosh & David Bruser  Posted on

Despite years of public promises from officials that the tailings ponds would shrink and go away, they are growing. And in the meantime, troubling gaps are opening in the oversight system meant to ensure the oilpatch cleans up its mess. Alberta has collected only $1 billion from companies to help remediate tailings — a problem that is now estimated to cost about 100 times that.