Researchers deliberately spill oil into lakes to study impact on ecosystem

KENORA, Ont. — Researchers were in northwestern Ontario over the weekend spilling diluted oilsands bitumen and crude oil into a lake to study how the ecosystem, from microbes to fish, responds.

The pilot project, known as Freshwater Oil Spill Remediation Study, is being done at the International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area southeast of Kenora, Ont.

Vince Palace, the scientist who is leading the experiment, said the area is typically known for experiments...

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