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  •  Exxon is desperate to give the impression (20+ / 0-)

    that the lake has not been contaminated.

    But the booms visible in the contaminated wetlands in the video are just for show.

    Tar sands oil does not float. It sinks to the bottom and requires expensive dredging to ever recover.

    The lake is polluted with some serious chemicals now, including benzene, a known carcinogen.

    Benzene increases the risk of cancer and other illnesses. Benzene is a notorious cause of bone marrow failure. Substantial quantities of epidemiologic, clinical, and laboratory data link benzene to aplastic anemia, acute leukemia, and bone marrow abnormalities. The specific hematologic malignancies that benzene is associated with include: acute myeloid leukemia (AML), aplastic anemia, myleodysplastic syndrome (MDS), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 11:25:59 AM PDT

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