Public concerns about toxic tar-sand and volatile Bakken oil have escalated with recent railway accidents and pipeline leaks and fires. The horrendous death of fourty-seven people going about their daily lives in Lac-Megantic, Quebec has scorched the dangers of oil transportation onto the Canadian soul. Since then there have been other oil-by-rail accidents at Sexsmith and Gainford, Alberta; Plaster Rock, New Brunswick and Landis, Saskatchewan.
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Neil Young and Diana Krall’s Honour the Treaties tour will be over by the time you read this. But the political fall-out will carry on. I am mostly interested in the impacts of the tar-sands on air, water, land and treaty rights. But it’s also interesting to consider what the backlash to the tour tells us about the “politics of oil”.
From The Fifth Estate web site:
"Scientists across the country are expressing growing alarm that federal cutbacks to research programs monitoring areas that range from climate change and ocean habitats to public health will deprive Canadians of crucial information." Watch the original broadcast, and read supporting documentation.