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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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Worst Case Scenario
2001, production : Glynis Whiting
Sour gas contains hydrogen sulphide, lethal in even a small...
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Worst Case Scenario
2001, production : Glynis Whiting
Alberta's Energy and Utilities Board, mandated with...
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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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Fire - Energy
2000, production : Michel Barbeau
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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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Le Mont Rigaud : une colline chez les hommes
2000, production : André Desrochers
Hunters often share conservation ethics with...
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Le Mont Rigaud : une colline chez les hommes
2000, production : André Desrochers
A natural rock field on Mont Rigaud, caused by glaciers in...
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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.