Project page: PlaceAndPipelines.org
The proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project is a polarizing topic in Canadian politics. The project will construct a dual pipeline connecting, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland region with a marine port on the coast of British Columbia. This will allow petroleum companies to ship dilute bitumen from Alberta’s tar sands to Asian Markets. Many residents who live along the proposed pipeline and tanker routes are concerned about the risk to the environment, their livelihoods, and their culture.
This video uses images from my own journey through the landscape of the Northern Gateway project to connect the viewer with this region of western Canada. Quotes from statements made by local residents before a Joint Review Panel, as part of the Environmental Assessment process, are used to show how residents connect with the places they call home. The journey starts in Bruderheim, Alberta (just east of Edmonton) and follows the proposed pipeline route out to the coastal town of Kitimat, British Columbia. We then continue on to the islands of Haida Gwaii to include areas potentially impacted by tanker traffic.
It is my hope that this video will help to educate people about this proposed project, the region, and its inhabitants, and gain a better understanding of what is at risk.
For more information, go to the Place and Pipelines project web page. lifeandlandscape.ca/place-pipelines/
The amazing soundtrack was put together by James Elser facebook.com/jamelser