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James Cameron & the 'Avatarsands'

Posted by Stacy Richter on September 29 at 12:00 AM  James Cameron just finished his live press conference in Edmonton, AB after a couple of days immersed in the debate over development of the oilsands.  I will keep this short but there were a number of points I felt stood out:

1.  We need sound, objective third party science to determine the effects of development

Cameron discussed the different studies about Fort Chip in his press conference.  I would not consider myself anywhere close to being an expert on the science and I feel that James Cameron would say the same about himself.  The fact of the matter is that the facts are in debate so how can we possibly identify solutions?  Final and real solutions can be implemented when we have a solid, unarguable base of facts.

2.  The First Nations must be involved in the discussions around oilsands developments

Absolutely.  Agree 100%.  I don't see how any business can operate without the involvement of all stakeholders.  If someone was about to build a facility right behind my backyard... I would definitely want to be informed and involved.

3.  Our children will bear the burden of following through on our promises

Cameron explained that he was told reclamation is possible and had certainly witnessed the beginnings first hand at the Syncrude site.  He makes a valid point that the scale of reclamation compared to that of development does not sync quite yet.  The expected time frame to reclaim an oilsands site is about 20years.  He bluntly states that we will be dead by then and will be up to our children to follow up on the promises of reclamation.

After all said and done, I can appreciate many of the statements James Cameron made.  There is a small part of me that was secretly disappointed that his position was very 'middle of the road' and careful not to offend either sides of the debate.  All in all, I will take it in stride.

I would love to get your comments about the press conference and the surrounding issues.


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