In one of the only places left in the world where private companies can own oil reserves, the exploitation of tar sands in Alberta is causing extensive environmental damage, threatening the local population and wildlife beyond repair. Photojournalist, Alan Gignoux, take us on a tour of the destruction being wreaked on the boreal forests of Canada. A selection of these images featured in Revolve #5, Summer 2012, on pages 22-29.
Gignoux is in Alberta again investigating the so-called ‘greening’ of the tar sands: what technological advances have been made and how are these likely to reduce the environmental impact of the tar sands industry? Or will the producers’ claims amount to mere ‘green-washing?’ To hear the interviews described in this article and learn more about Gignoux’s investigation of the tar sands industry and his other projects, visit www.gignouxphotos.com