White Water, Black Gold

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November 3rd, 2012, 4:15pm – 6:00pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 4M31 (Manitoba Hall), 515 Portage Avenue

White Water, Black Gold takes us with Director David Lavallee on a three year journey following an imaginary drop of water, and later an imaginary drop of oil, down the Athabasca River and across western Canada. The result explains the inextricable link between water and oil in our modern world while unveiling threats the tar sands projects pose to the third largest watershed in the world as well as the Arctic and Pacific Oceans.

Having worked as a hiking guide in the Columbia Icefields for 15 years, Lavallee saw profound changes to the mountain landscape. At the same time, Alberta was ramping up growth in the extremely water-intensive tar sands industry downstream. Whether it’s a dam breach that could destroy the Mackenzie watershed, tailings ponds that are approaching the size of a great lake, or tanker traffic on Canada’s pristine west coast; it’s clear that our country’s water is in trouble.