But no; here comes Jane Fonda. Although much of Athabasca’s oil production now comes from “steam-assisted gravity drainage” projects that requires minimal surface disturbance, on Tuesday Fonda took the requisite helicopter tour of a Fort McMurray-area open pit mine. Meanwhile, calmer voices took turns poking holes in Fonda’s image of a Northern Alberta gripped by a greedy, heartless Earth-destroying oil conspiracy. “Greenpeace does not want these pipelines to be built, so they’ve got Jane Fonda to come up here, they act like they represent all Aboriginals and they don’t,” said Picard. Setting aside treaty rights and the politics of pipeline placement, if it isn’t Alberta fuelling that oil demand, goes the argument, it’s likely going to come from a place where Jane Fonda visits aren’t as easily arranged.
Source: National Post January 12, 2017 03:56 UTC