Petro-gate – Starring Canada

Canada has a lot to lose from the possible global decisions being made in Copenhagen over the next few weeks – and most of it revolves around oil and natural gas reserves that are being exploited in Northern Alberta.

Tar Sands

Several years ago, I wrote a couple of pieces on the Athabasca Oil Sands, and I still get hits from people searching Google looking for images of this industrial monstrosity in Northern Alberta. Since then, media attention of the area has focused on mainly the wealth and growth of industry, property values and the seemly unstoppable flow of oil. Occasionally though, the dark side of the boom is portrayed, but typically not often enough for the average person to think twice about filling up their truck, or even to consider where the magical fuel is coming from.