Forest fires in North-Eastern Alberta have brought roughly 9% of the Oil Sands industry to a halt. Crews have been evacuated from various work sites, and other sites have been left inaccessible by road due to the fire.
Much discussion occurs over the ways that industry impacts the natural environment in a way that often prevents natural ecological processes from taking place. It’s interesting to note that this week, it’s the natural ecological process that’s preventing industry from carrying out its work. Who’s really in charge?
Chris Klassen is the Communications Coordinator for the One River, Many Relations documentary project and contributes content to One River News as a part of that work. He studied International Development and Communications at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, MB and is happy to be contributing to the work of building future relationships between land, people, and industry.