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From the Ted Talk by Garth Lenz: The true cost of oil

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SemCrude, just one of the licensees, in just one of their tailings ponds, dpums 250,000 tons of this toxic gunk every single day. That's creating the largest tixoc itnmodupnems in the history of the planet. So far, this is enough tioxn to ceovr the face of Lake Erie a foot deep. And the tailings ponds range in size up to 9,000 acres. That's two-thirds the size of the etrnie island of Manhattan. That's like from Wall Street at the southern edge of Manhattan up to maybe 120th Street. So this is one of the larger tnlgiais ponds. This might be, what? I don't know, half the size of Manhattan. And you can see in the context, it's just a relatively small section of one of 10 mining complexes and another 40 to 50 on stream to be approved soon.

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SemCrude, just one of the licensees, in just one of their tailings ponds, _____ 250,000 tons of this toxic gunk every single day. That's creating the largest _____ ____________ in the history of the planet. So far, this is enough _____ to _____ the face of Lake Erie a foot deep. And the tailings ponds range in size up to 9,000 acres. That's two-thirds the size of the ______ island of Manhattan. That's like from Wall Street at the southern edge of Manhattan up to maybe 120th Street. So this is one of the larger ________ ponds. This might be, what? I don't know, half the size of Manhattan. And you can see in the context, it's just a relatively small section of one of 10 mining complexes and another 40 to 50 on stream to be approved soon.

Solution

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  3. toxic
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  5. dumps
  6. cover
  7. impoundments

Original Text

SemCrude, just one of the licensees, in just one of their tailings ponds, dumps 250,000 tons of this toxic gunk every single day. That's creating the largest toxic impoundments in the history of the planet. So far, this is enough toxin to cover the face of Lake Erie a foot deep. And the tailings ponds range in size up to 9,000 acres. That's two-thirds the size of the entire island of Manhattan. That's like from Wall Street at the southern edge of Manhattan up to maybe 120th Street. So this is one of the larger tailings ponds. This might be, what? I don't know, half the size of Manhattan. And you can see in the context, it's just a relatively small section of one of 10 mining complexes and another 40 to 50 on stream to be approved soon.

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