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Interest Groups and Activists
This sub-section examines the role and actions of citizen groups, researchers, environmentalists, activists, members of an Aboriginal community and an influential personality.
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René Dumont: Global Ecologist
2001, production : Richard D. Lavoie
The French agronomist René Dumont helped put...
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Worst Case Scenario
2001, production : Glynis Whiting
Local citizens unite in opposition to Shell Canada when it...
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Pocket Desert - Confessions of a Snake Killer
1999, production : Craig Berggold, Teresa Marshall
A coalition of environmentalists, concerned citizens and...
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The Barrens Quest
1997, production : Peter Blow
An environmental scientist opposes a proposal for a diamond...
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Excerpt  (2:38) 2001, production : Glynis Whiting
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Local citizens unite in opposition to Shell Canada when it announces plans to drill a potentially dangerous sour gas well near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. When attempts at mediation fail, the case is referred to the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board. The AEUB has a record of favouring the oil industry, but eventually decides in favour of the local residents.

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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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