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PostPosted: June 7th, 2012, 12:09 pm 
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Edit: I'm pushing this because I find it amazing so I thought that people in parts of the country without seismic lines and well sites might find it even more amazing.

I thought that some of you might be interested in seeing some of the effects of development in west-central Alberta. Go to Google Earth and do a search for "Sundance Lake, Alberta" then pan around. The checkerboard parts are clear-cut logging and the little squares with little lines attached to them are oil and gas well sites with roads. Sundance Lake and the narrow valley along the creek are protected areas.

Edit: The smaller lines that run haphazardly through the forest are seismic lines.

Just thought you might be interested.
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PostPosted: June 7th, 2012, 1:37 pm 
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PostPosted: June 7th, 2012, 1:43 pm 
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I looked at the area in Google Maps - Satellite view.

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If you zoom out enough, it looks like blackfly season in the bush... :wink:

Google is excellent in showing us what's going on - and we still find enough excuses to not act on the consequences of resource extraction. The next time I hear "sustainability" and resources in the same sentence, I think I am going to throw up....

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PostPosted: June 7th, 2012, 7:58 pm 
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So, Jeff, what do you really think?


Barbara - you took a look - what did you think?

Erhard, it's quite amazing isn't it. Did you look all around to see how widespread it is?

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PostPosted: June 7th, 2012, 8:33 pm 
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Ralph wrote:
Barbara - you took a look - what did you think?


I zoomed out, panned around....

and was thoroughly shocked and depressed.

Wondering how long until the rest of the country will look like that.

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PostPosted: June 8th, 2012, 9:02 am 
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Barbara wrote:
Ralph wrote:
Barbara - you took a look - what did you think?


I zoomed out, panned around....

and was thoroughly shocked and depressed.

Wondering how long until the rest of the country will look like that.


Anyone fly over BC in recent years and look out your windows? Huge areas of forest covering large areas of the province are gone. They like to leave a strip of forest uncut along major highways so that people traveling by road do not see the extent of what is going on over the next hill.

I suspect that the extents of these logging activities are not unique to Alberta and BC, and you would have similar situations right across the country.

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PostPosted: June 8th, 2012, 10:06 am 
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Actually, I was talking about "the little squares with little lines attached to them are oil and gas well sites with roads. "

Apologies for not being clear about that.

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Bump

It seems to fit in with the whole Conservative attack on the environment. You can see what has happened in Alberta.
In hopes of bringing the issue to the attention of more people.

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On my way to the rock, in NB right now.
I think I lean towards Erhard's response. :cry:
I think todays "minor" oil "leak" near Red Deer is a lot more of a cover up than they are admitting.
They did the same in Michigan a few years ago...
Then as now they do not have a true response team when $#%^ hits the fan...
but hey, it's all for the good of the economy.
When the oil and gas companies cut and run as the resources disappear
(which looks like they are trying to do extra fast, judging by these google earth pics)
Uncle steveie is going to give them the Arctic to do the same thing too!
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