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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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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
The Kyuquot people, indigenous to Vancouver Island, oppose...
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Les Quatre Cavaliers de l'Apocalypse
1991, production : Jean-François Mercier
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Worst Case Scenario
Film  (43:54) 2001, production : Glynis Whiting
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Sour gas contains hydrogen sulphide, lethal in even a small amount. A 1982 drilling accident in Alberta's Drayton Valley killed two men, prompting improvements in drilling technology. Citizens near Rocky Mountain House express worry over industry plans to drill nearby for sour gas. They criticize government for abdicating its regulatory role and for favouring petroleum development over public health.

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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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