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This sub-section questions the actions of certain companies and the extent of their responsibilities. It looks at workers defending their jobs and at the people affected by the globalization of industry.
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Worst Case Scenario
2001, production : Glynis Whiting
Shell Canada wants to drill for sour gas near Rocky Mountain...
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Le Mont Rigaud : une colline chez les hommes
2000, production : André Desrochers
Mont Rigaud, Quebec, is one example of a community trying to...
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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
The government defends the logging practices of B.C.'s...
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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
Working loggers find themselves on the frontline in the...
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Excerpt  (2:51) 2001, production : Glynis Whiting
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Shell Canada wants to drill for sour gas near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. But sour gas contains potentially lethal hydrogen sulfide - and local residents are opposed to the plan. The petroleum industry is the motor of Alberta's economy, but citizens are concerned about public health risks. Meanwhile "sweet" gas supplies are shrinking’and energy demands are growing.

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An explosion. Flames. Poisonous gas seeping into the air. This potential scenario haunts the people who live along the Clearwater River near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Farmers and landowners all share concerns about the risks of a proposed sour gas well in their community. While the chance of an accident is small, it's a gamble they don't want to take. Worst Case Scenario takes viewers into the town halls, boardrooms and homes where a complex debate is unfolding. Residents opposed to the well fear the impact a deadly hydrogen sulphide leak could have on their lives. Shell Canada says it must drill to meet energy needs, and points to a track record of safety. When mediation talks break down, both sides anxiously await a ruling from Alberta's Energy and Utilities Board. Capturing persuasive arguments from all sides, this spirited documentary reveals a growing conflict. On one hand, the citizens who fear for public safety - on the other, a prosperous industry that has long contributed to the economic well-being of Albertans.
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