14 Nov '11, 5pm

Victorious in Unity: The Movement that Stopped the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

But the fight is not over. This is not just a fight about one pipeline. I became acutely aware of this in late September when I traveled for the first time up to the tar sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and up to Fort Chipewyan – a First Nation community downstream from the tar sands which has faced high levels of rare cancers . The tar sands emitted an odor that felt toxic – something between gasoline and rotten eggs, and when I breathed in the air, my throat constricted a little and I coughed. The Alberta government has refused to do a study about the causal relationship between the tar sands pollutants and the health problems faced by Fort Chip. When I went up to Fort Chip, I was surprised to find that the main topic of conversation was moose meat and moose hunting. As a fly-in community, Fort Chip residents rely heavily on moose meat to make it through the winter. I ta...

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