Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  44 minutes
Date:  2002
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
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Worst Case Scenario

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How much environmental risk is too much? Citizens and industry debate the issues surrounding gas well development.

Worst Case Scenario

An explosion. Flames. Poisonous gas seeping into the air. This potential scenario haunts the people who live along the Clearwater River near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Farmers and landowners all share concerns about the risks of a proposed sour gas well in their community. While the chance of an accident is small, it's a gamble they don't want to take. Worst Case Scenario takes viewers into the town halls, boardrooms and homes where a complex debate is unfolding. Residents opposed to the well fear the impact a deadly hydrogen sulphide leak could have on their lives. Shell Canada says it must drill to meet energy needs, and points to a track record of safety. When mediation talks break down, both sides anxiously await a ruling from Alberta's Energy and Utilities Board. Capturing persuasive arguments from all sides, this spirited documentary reveals a growing conflict. On one hand, the citizens who fear for public safety - on the other, a prosperous industry that has long contributed to the economic well-being of Albertans.

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Citation

Main credits

Whiting, Glynis (film director)
Whiting, Glynis (screenwriter)
Krepakevich, Jerry (film producer)
Suzuki, David T. (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Tim Reed; director of photography, Ray Fitzwalter; music composer, Jan Randall.


Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Environment
Energy
Energy Sector
Agriculture Sector
Agriculture and Food
Fossil Fuels

Distributor subjects

Environment and Conservation - Energy Resources, Environment and Conservation - Environmental Disasters and Prevention, Environment and Conservation - Environmental Perspectives, Environment and Conservation - Health and Illness, Environment and Conservation - Prairies, Environment and Conservation - Social Action, Geography - Environmental Issues, Geography - Territory: Agricultural, Health/Personal Development - Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution, Industry and Commerce - Environmental Issues, Industry and Commerce - Oil and Gas Industries, Industry and Commerce - Western Canada, Science - Environmental Science, Science - Life Systems/Ecology, Social Studies - Economics, Documentary

Keywords

Environment and Conservation - Energy Resources, Environment and Conservation - Environmental Disasters and Prevention, Environment and Conservation - Environmental Perspectives, Environment and Conservation - Health and Illness, Environment and Conservation - Prairies, Environment and Conservation - Social Action, Geography - Environmental Issues, Geography - Territory: Agricultural, Health/Personal Development - Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution, Industry and Commerce - Environmental Issues, Industry and Commerce - Oil and Gas Industries, Industry and Commerce - Western Canada, Science - Environmental Science, Science - Life Systems/Ecology, Social Studies - Economics, Documentary; "Worst Case Scenario"; National Film Board of Canada

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