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Worst Case Scenario
2001, production : Glynis Whiting
Sour gas is a natural gas that contains hydrogen sulphide, a...
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Fire - Energy
2000, production : Michel Barbeau
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The Barrens Quest
1997, production : Peter Blow
Canada's diamond industry is currently worth over 2 billion...
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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
The temperate rainforest of British Columbia is one of the...
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Worst Case Scenario
Excerpt  (1:33) 2001, production : Glynis Whiting
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Sour gas is a natural gas that contains hydrogen sulphide, a component that can be dangerous if not handled properly. The danger is in its explosive nature and health effects at very low concentrations. This is a cause for alarm for residents of a town in the otherwise petroleum-friendly province of Alberta.

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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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