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White Water, Black Gold
White Water Black Gold at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse Monday Nov 28
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NOVEMBER 28 — In 2006 David Lavallee and a friend decided to follow an imaginary drop of water from Mt. Snowdome all the way to Lake Athabasca to "see what kind of things it gets subjected to..." After three years of travelling, he created this documentary of the journey through the Tar Sands, the biggest oil project in the world, part of "an oil industry with an insatiable thirst: water." A moving documentary that leaves us with the understanding: "When you talk about water, it's all connected."

David Lavallee with attend the screening as a special guest.

White Water, Black Gold: A Nation's water in peril
Canada, 2010, documentary, colour. Director: David Lavallee

“White Water, Black Gold” is an investigative point-of view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tarsands.

As a mountaineer and hiking guide, David is on the front lines of climate change. Over the past 15 years he has worked in the Columbia Icefields of the Canadian Rockies, and has noticed profound changes in the mountains: climate change is rendering these landscapes unrecognizable.

When David discovers that his province is ramping up growth in an extremely water intensive industry downstream of his beloved icefields, he is surprised he knows so little about this industry. This necessitates a journey: from icefields…to oilfields.

In the course of his journey he makes many discoveries: new science shows that water resources in an era of climate change will be increasingly scarce (putting this industry at risk); first nations people living downstream are contracting bizarre cancers; the upgrading of this oil threatens multiple river systems across Canada and the tailings ponds containing the waste by-products of the process threaten to befoul the third largest watershed in the world. Additionally, a planned pipeline across British Columbia brings fresh threats to BC Rivers and the Pacific Ocean.

“White Water, Black Gold” is a sober look at the untold costs (to water and people) associated with developing the second largest deposit of “oil” in the world.



"White Water, Black Gold" trailer from David Lavallee on Vimeo.


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