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RECORD NUMBER: 2322 OF 2348
|OLS Field Name||OLS Field Data|
|Main Title||White water, black gold /|
|Subjects||Oil sands industry--Environmental aspects--Alberta--Athabasca River Watershed. ; Athabasca Tar Sands (Alta.) ; Oil sands industry--Alberta--Water-supply. ; Oil sands extraction plants--Environmental aspects--Alberta. ; Oil pollution of water--Alberta--Athabasca River Watershed. ; Athabasca River Watershed (Alta.) ; Watersheds--Canada, Western. ; Water--Pollution--Alberta--Athabasca River. ; Petroleum industry and trade--Environmental aspects--Canada, Western. ; Water-supply--Canada, Western. ; Pipelines--Environmental aspects--British Columbia. ; Cancer--Environmental aspects--Alberta--Fort Chipewyan. ; Indians of North America--Health and hygiene--Alberta--Fort Chipewyan. ; Environmental degradation--Alberta--Athabasca River Watershed. ; Ecological disturbances--Alberta--Athabasca River Watershed. ; Athabasca River Watershed (Alta.)--Environmental conditions.|
|Collation||1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.|
Title from disc label. This disc is a recorded DVD and may not play on all DVD players or drives. Includes both a shortened and full length version. Originally produced in 2011. Includes theatrical trailer.
Follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across Western Canada in search of the truth about the impact of the world's thirstiest oil industry. This is a journey of jarring contrasts, from the pristine mountain ice fields that are the source of the industry's water, to the Tar Sands tailing ponds, where thousands of migrating birds have unwittingly landed and died. Both government and industry spokespeople deny any cause for concern, but in the course of his journey, Lavallee, backed by university scientists, makes a number of discoveries that challenge that assessment and raise serious concerns for Canada and the United States. Native peoples living downstream are contracting unusual cancers; new science shows that water resources in an era of climate change will be increasingly scarce; the proposed upgrading of the oilfields could endanger multiple river systems across Canada that make up about half of its water supply; and a planned oil pipeline across British Columbia brings fresh threats to rivers, salmon, and the Pacific Ocean. It is a sober look at the untold costs associated with developing this major oil deposit, and raises important questions about how much environmental damage we're willing to tolerate to feed our oil appetite. Shortened version (57 min.) -- Full length version (83 min.).