Artificial lakes the latest proposal to reclaim spent oilsands mines

EDMONTON – Up to 30 large, artificial lakes could be built in the oilsands area if the province approves the idea as a new way to reclaim thousands of hectares boreal forest dug up for the massive open-pit mines.

While the goal is to create lakes clean enough for fish and recreation, it is also possible — give the unproven technology — that some of permanent pools could be left polluted with toxic tailings and solid waste from old mines for decades.

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