Toxic Sludge

Cameron to help with oilsands lawsuit

Despite earlier saying he hasn't made up his mind about the oilsands, James Cameron has pledged to help Northern Alberta Natives sue the province, a band chief says.

The day before a scheduled sit down with Premier Ed Stelmach, the Hollywood heavyweight told Native and Metis leaders with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation that he would ante up in their pending legal fight with the province and feds, said Chief Allan Adam.

"He made it clear he'll help contribute funds in some way and help us fundraise," he said.

"He truly understands what we're going through."

Adam said Cameron told those at the more than three-hour private meeting that he doesn't want to shut down oilsands operations, but, like affected Native groups in the area, he wants them to be more environmentally responsible.... Read more »

Director James Cameron to help aboriginals sue federal, Alberta governments over oilsands

FORT CHIPEWYAN — Hollywood director James Cameron agreed Tuesday to help aboriginals in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. to take legal action against the federal and Alberta governments for polluting the Athabasca River.

The agreement was reached in a private meeting Tuesday between Cameron and aboriginal leaders from the Fort Chipewyan region near Fort McMurray, where critics have said massive oilsands developments are polluting the river systems.

Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation said after the meeting Cameron agreed to either help fundraise or donate money directly himself for legal action against the provincial government.

Cameron flew in to talk to aboriginal leaders and residents about oilsands development at Fort Chipewyan’s community hall Tuesday afternoon.... Read more »

Avatar director James Cameron visits Syncrude oilsands facility

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Hollywood director James Cameron, whose blockbuster movie Avatar was a scathing criticism against environmental degradation, toured Syncrude's oilsands facility in northeastern Alberta Tuesday.

Cameron arrived at the site north of Fort McMurray by helicopter. Accompanied by Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner, the director was shown a reclaimed slough known as Bill's Lake, then was whisked away to view an in situ operation, in which heat is used to extract bitumen from deep underground.

"When you fly over it, from a distance you see how much of the natural landscape is being affected. So it's important to understand what the long-term impacts of that are and what the short-term impacts are in terms of health and environment for the First Nations communities," Cameron said.... Read more »

Director Cameron in Alta. for oilsands tour

Hollywood director James Cameron arrived in Fort McMurray, Alta., late Monday afternoon to start his tour of the oilsands.

Cameron, the Canadian-born director of blockbuster films Avatar and Titanic, arrived from Vancouver on an Air Canada Jazz flight around 5 p.m. MT.

After being greeted by a small delegation, Cameron walked briskly through the airport arrivals area to a vehicle waiting outside.

"It's good, yeah," Cameron told the CBC's Briar Stewart. "I've been meaning to come here for a long time."

Cameron then boarded a helicopter with two local First Nations leaders to start his tour of the oilsands, which is scheduled to include a fly-over of Syncrude's tailings ponds.

On Tuesday, Cameron is scheduled to fly to Fort Chipewyan, Alta., to meet with residents and community leaders before heading to Edmonton.... Read more »

Alberta recruits scientists to review oilsands water data

EDMONTON — A committee of independent scientists is being recruited to review conflicting water monitoring data from Alberta's oilsands regions, the provincial government announced Friday.

Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner said a review is critical.

"I need to have total and complete assurance in data before I make decisions on how best to balance environmental protection with development. Albertans deserve to have this assurance as well."

The announcement came with a promise.

The Syncrude plant reflected in a tailings pond at Fort McMurray, Alberta on June 8, 2010.... Read more »


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