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LNG: Fracking up our health? April 28, 2017 Event Recording:

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Human Health and the Oil Sands



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  • Bayne EM, Van Wigenburg SL, Boutin S, Hobson KA.  Modeling and field-testing of Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus) responses to boreal forest dissection by energy sector development at multiple spatial scales.  Landscape Ecology (2005) 20:203-216.
  • Charpentier AD, Bergerson JA, MacLean HL.  Understanding the Canadian oil sands industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.  Environ. Res. Lett. 2009, 4, 014005 (11p).  http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/4/1/014005/pdf/erl9_1_014005.pdf
  • Colavecchia MV, Hodson PV, Parrott JL.  CYP1A Induction and Blue Sac Disease in Early Life Stages of White Suckers (Catostamus cmmersoni) Exposed to Oil Sands.  Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A: Current Issues, 69:10,967-994.
  • Dyer SJ, O’Neil JP, Wasel SM, Boutin S.  Avoidance of Industrial Development by Woodland Caribou.  The Journal of Wildlife Management.  2001, Vol 65 (3), pp. 531-542.
  • Giesy JP, Anderson JC, Wiseman SB.  Alberta oil sands development.  PNAS, Vol 107(3)951-952. http://www.pnas.org/content/107/3/951.full
  • Hall R, Wolfe BB, Wiklund JA, Edwards TWD, Farwell AJ, Dixon DG.  Has Alberta Oil Sands Development Altered Delivery of Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds to the Peace-Athabasca Delta?  PLOS ONE Sept 2012 Vol 7; Issue 9: e46089. http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0046089
  • He Y, Patterson S, Wang N, Hecker M, Martin JW, El-Din MG, Giesy JP, Wiseman SB.  Toxicity of untreated and ozonetreated oil sands process-affected water (OSPW) to early life stages of the fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas).  Water Res Sept 13, 2012.
  • Jordaan SM, Land and Water Impacts of Oil Sands Production in Alberta.  Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012, 46, 3611-3617.
  • Jordaan SM, Keith DW, Stelfox B.  Quantifying land use of oil sands production: a life cycle perspective.  Environ. Res. Lett.  2009 (4) 024004 (15pp).  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22364164
  • Kelly EN, Short JW, Schindler D, Hodson PV, Ma M, Kwan AK, Fortin BL.  Oil sands development contributes polycyclic aromatic compounds to the Athabasca River and its tributaries.  PNAS 2009;106(52):22346-22351. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2009/12/04/0912050106.full.pdf+html
  • Kelly EN, Schindler DW, Hodson PV, Short JW, Radmanovich R, Nielsen CC.  Oil sands development contributes elements toxic at low concentrations to the Athabasca River and its tributaries.  PNAS 2010;107(37):16178-16183. http://www.pnas.org/content/107/37/16178.full.pdf+html
  • Kurek J, Kirk JL, Muir DCG, Wang X, Evans MS, Smol JP.  Legacy of a half century of Athabasca oil sands development recorded by lake ecosystems.  PNAS Jan 2013, vol110: 5, 1761-1766.  http://www.pnas.org/content/110/5/1761.full.pdf+html
  • Machtans CS.  Songbird response to seismic lines in the western boreal forest: a manipulative experiment.  Can. J. Zool. 2006 84: 1421-1430.
  • Nielsen SE, Bayne EM, Schieck J, Herbers J, Boutin S.  A new method to estimate species and biodiversity intactness using empirically derived reference conditions.  Biological Conservation. 137 (2007) 403-414.
  • Rooney CR, Bayley SE, and Schindler DW.  Oil sands mining and reclamation cause massive loss of peatland and stored carbon.  PNAS, 2012, 109:13,4933-37.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3323950/pdf/pnas.201117693.pdf
  • Swart NC, Weaver AJ.  Commentary: The Alberta oil sands and climate.  Nature Climate Change. 2012, Vol 2, 134-136.
  • Timoney KP and Lee p.  Does the Alberta Tar Sands Industry Pollute?  The Scientific Evidence.  The Open Conservation Biology Journal, 2009, 3,65-81.  http://cahr.uvic.ca/nearbc/documents/2009/Alberta-Tar-Sands-Industry-Pollute.pdf
  • Timoney KP and Lee P.  Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Increase in Athabasca River Delta Sediment: Temporal Trends and Environmental Correlates.  Environmental Science and Technology 2011 dx.doi.org/10.1021/es104375d
  • Wiklund JA, Hall RI, Wolfe BB, Edwards TWD, Farwell AJ, Dixon DG.  Has Alberta oil sands development increased far-field delivery of airborne contaminants to the Peace-Athabasca Delta?  Science of the Total Environment.  433(2012) 379-382. http://ceaa.gc.ca/050/documents_staticpost/59540/82534/Oil_Sands_Development_-_Wiklund.pdf

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