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Human avarice is once again put on display.  The victims ultimate are us as we continue to destroy the environment we live in.  When will the balance shift when we can actually honestly answer that he environment is more important that the jobs created by eroding said environment.  It is not happening yet, and certainly not in Hungary where they are erecting a sludge dam to keep more the toxic outflow away from people.

“Hungarian workers are building a dam 620 metres long and up to five metres high to contain the toxic red sludge that flooded out of a breach in the wall of an industrial waste pond last week, killing at least seven people.

The dam is intended to hold back any subsequent spill that might flood the town of Kolontar, the hardest-hit area in last Monday’s spill, and nearby communities.”

Notice that the media, even CBC, is going great lengths not to call the containment area a “tailings pond” which of course is precisely what it is.  Is it a coincidence that because we have a couple of hundred of these ponds up in northern Alberta we do not want to link the two ideas together in the public’s mind?

“If a wall fails, a new wave of red mud could ooze north. The mud is the toxic byproduct of the industrial process that refines raw aluminum ore (bauxite) into alumina (aluminum oxide), which is then made into aluminum.

But if that happens, officials believe they will have enough time to evacuate Devecser, about four kilometres north of the pond. Devecser residents were told Saturday to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

“This hasn’t changed,” Dobson said. “We are still on guard in case of any more spills.”

“Officials believe…” How nice.  We should be able to get you out of harms way before you and your family are submerged in caustic red doom sludge.  Peachy!  But wait, company officials are sorry.

“MAL Rt., which owns the alumina plant, expressed their condolences Sunday to the families of the people killed and hurt. At least 120 people were injured, several seriously.

Hungarian investigators are trying to determine whether carelessness was a factor in the spill.”

Somehow I do not think that MAL Rt. is particularly sorry.  I mean I bet they are sorry that their stock and profits are going to take a hit, but as to being genuinely sorry for the loss of human life because of their malfeasance?  Highly unlikely.

Care to argue against tougher environmental regulations?

 

Start with the jobs angle and the economy…

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