Today was the day. Suncor’s mission is “Creating Energy for a Better World!” We did not get near the mine operation itself, but were allowed to see the dump trucks transporting the huge chunks of oil sand. That and the gargantuan infrastructure required for this industry was sobering. Can you believe that five mines at Suncor alone extract 1,500,000 barrels of oil a day? The site operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The party line is how environmentally sound it all is. All will be recovered when any particular mine is closed in maybe 10 years. Yes, the lunar landscape will be returned to wilderness, with clean water and an abundance of wildlife! What’s not to love? One former tailings pond has been stocked with fish, but they keep the birds from landing on it anyway with little cannon shots…why? Well, it isn’t QUITE ready yet to apply for reclaimed status.
Both Maureen and I were exhausted both with what we saw and with the Big Brother doublespeak. I never heard such propaganda in my life. They also told us we could not publish our pictures (except the one with the big tire) without written permission from Suncor. Mmmmm, I wonder how they can stop me! I am on a mission to learn what I can and share it widely.
If you follow the science on our fossil fuel reserves then you know that we have to keep 80% of them in the ground to avoid run away climate change. It is hard to imagine that happening in an industry as large as this. There are countries from all over the world with operations here. Each one brings in their own staff, flies their families in, arranges visas, pays very well, (average income is $186,000.) Who will keep this dirty bitumen in the ground for the sake of the future?
My quest has been to somehow allow Martin Luther King’s creative genius “To make a way out of no way” appear and shine through in this dark place. I sing the serpent song, “In the places that reek of impossibility, the serpent of life coils” with all the Gaia singers on the continent!…there must be a way. We must make a way.