Alan Gignoux

Photographer
         
Location: London
Nationality: United Kingdom and United States of America
Biography: Commissions Camera Obscura Refugee project 2019 - present I am using a camera obscura to photograph migrants. Thew subjects appear as blurry figures against a European urban environment that remains clearly in focus. By using this creative... MORE
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The Oil/Tar Sands - Peace River
Copyright Alan Gignoux 2022
Updated Jun 2020
Topics Agriculture, Alberta, Bitumen, Canada, Climate Change, Editorial, Environment, Illness, Industrial, Injustice, Mixed Medium, Multimedia, Oil, Peace, Photography, Photojournalism, Politics, Pollution, River, Sands, Tar
What is the true cost of the dirtiest and most expensive form of oil?

When people think of the tar sands, they think of the draglines and pits of Fort McMurray.

The Tar sands spread across Northern Alberta, encompassing agricultural and wilderness areas.

The Three Creeks area in the Peace River country is an agricultural area where the residents are becoming ill and the wildlife is leaving. It is all due to the fast-expanding CHOPS (cold heavy oil production with oil) production in the area.
Residents are leaving their farms as the emissions are making them too ill to work while the animals, wild or domestic, are not reproducing and if they do, their offspring are being born with defects and calves take longer to grow to the desired weight for the market, costing the farmer too many dollars and cents to stay competitive.

Other residents have had to leave their homes or farms as the emissions, causing headaches, memory loss and vomiting making it too hard to live in their land.

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