Michael Tyas is the managing editor of One River News. He graduated the University of Manitoba with an honours degree in environmental studies, and is a professional videographer and video trainer. He produced the feature length documentary "One River, Many Relations" in Fort Chipewyan. He continues to work with indigenous communities to share their stories around resource extraction, industrial development, and impacts on traditional territories.
Today the Auditor General of Manitoba, Merwan Saher, blasted the provincial government for not requiring oilsands companies to cough up enough cash in advance in order to clean up and remediate affected landscapes once the last batch of crude has been shipped out.
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What about parts of the natural environment that are distanced from direct exposure to the extractive industry? What about damages that occur far downstream? What about a commitment to preserving livelihoods that aren't dependent on ‘individual property’, but on traditional territory and healthy ecosystems?
A quote from Rachel Notley's victory speech last night: "To Alberta’s Indigenous peoples: the trust we have been given tonight is a call to be better neighbours and partners. I’m looking forward to consulting with you and learning from you."
Do you think positive change is coming on issues around resource extraction and Indigenous territories?
This interesting story linking fracking with earthquakes missed an important question: what effect does it have on the wildlife? We can expect that burrows will collapse, killing the critters inside. Earthquakes have been shown to spook animals, vacating them from breeding areas and even causing them to tremble or not eat up to a day afterwards. These are yet another set of questions that remain unanswered in the pursuit of energy and profits.
Hey Film Festivals organizers! We've been busy submitting One River Many Relations to dozens of festivals around the world as of late. In case we missed you, we'd love to submit it to yours as well! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org from your official film festival email address to get the ball rolling. Click here for our documentary profile on FilmFreeway.
You gotta play the game to stay in the game, these worried oil producers are bleating. Lower gas prices today will cripple investment in our expensive oil. Then foreign energy will surprise attack us all with outrageously gas high prices. Could they be worse than what we were already paying, I wonder? This should serve as a reminder that in the long term, alternative energies and systems are a better bet.