Several months ago I decided to head out to Fort McMurray, Alberta to explore the tar sands oil development. I set out without much of an agenda, but on more of an exploratory mission to take in the area, its issues surrounding the oil developments, and to see. I had heard a lot about the environmental issues suffered by the First Nations communities along the Athabasca River, but not much about the actual town of Fort McMurray.
Despite the negative environmental environmental impacts associated with the Tar Sands, many residents of Fort McMurray see the oil development as a way of life and a necessary part of our oil dependent culture and see the community as a nice place to raise a family with ample job opportunities. I'm working on a written essay that will be up on my portfolio site in the coming weeks. Thanks for looking!