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  • Athabasca, Alberta
      The town of Athabasca is located in central Alberta just two hours north of Edmonton. It is found on the Athabascan River which runs north into the Arctic Ocean. Approximately 2750 people populate Athabasca but several more are coming to visit to profit off of Athabasca's main resource; oil sands.
  • Athabasca's Oil Sands
      Corporations worldwide are traveling to Athabasca in search of it's abundance of oil. Being that oil is a great canadian commodity it has created tremendous provincial and national economic gains however, the exploitation of this resource has been detrimental to the environment. Through protests, studies and demonstrations, Athabasca's environmentalists prove that the capitalization of their oil sands goes beyond the removal of oil; mining the oil sands is destroying Athabasca's rivers and ecosystems, accumulating mass amounts of dust, and negatively affecting social programs. Does the ecological cost outweigh the economic benefit?
  • Unavoidably Unbalanced
    • “ The relationship between the economic expansion and environmental preservation remain fundamentally contradictory” (Novek & Kampen, 1992, p.250).
  • Economic Benefits
  • Economic Benefits
    • Employment opportunities
    • Profitable Export
    • Increasing value of Canadian Dollar
    • Indigenous peoples living on/near oil sands experience increased business
      • Owners of trucking & construction companies
  • Environmental Costs
  • Environmental Costs
    • Increase in housing costs in resource towns
    • Large & wasteful consumption of water used to produce oil
    • Increased greenhouse gas emissions
    • Exploitation of Indigenous land
    • Aeolian dust accumulation
    • Damaging ecosystems
      • Deformed fish in Athabasca river
    • Increase taxes – less focus on social programs
      • ie. health care, education, crime prevention etc.
    • Oil being exploited is 'dirty'
      • Wasted because no one wants it.
  • Dirty Oil
    • Described as nature's deathbed
    • Unwanted oil because it is deemed 'dirty'
    • “ Greenhouse-gas emissions from the production of synthetic tar sands oil are three times as large, barrel for barrel, as those from conventional oil” (Cosh, 2010)
  • Exploited & Polluted River
    • High levels of Poly aromatic compounds found in river which act as toxins in
      • The cardiovascular and blood systems
      • Reproductive systems
      • gastrointestinal/liver systems
      • Respiratory systems
      • Also carcinogens
    • Deformed the aquatic population
  • Who's Involved?
  • Parallels to The Golden Spruce
    • Grant Waldin's expertise at his job = corporations love for money
      • Both destroy the environment
  • What's Being Done?
      Protests, studies, demonstrations