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Mining for Tar Sands Oil: A Photographer's View
01/31/2014   Reported By: Tom Porter

Garth Lenz and Eriel Deranger

Supporters of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline got a boost today when a long-awaited review by the U.S. State Department found the project would have no significant effect on climate change. The news is a blow for environmentalists who have grave concerns about the use of the pipeline to transport Canadian tar sands oil through the Western United States to the Gulf of Mexico. Tonight in Portland, two people who know first-hand what tar sands production looks like and how it's mined in Alberta, Canada are speaking at the University of Southern Maine.  Garth Lenz is a Canadian photographer, whose work has been featured in Time Magazine, the New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor. And Eriel Deranger is a member of the indigenous Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in North Alberta, who'll be talking about the effect tar sands is having on her community. They stopped by our Portland studios and spoke with Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter.

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Garth Lenz and Eriel Deranger

You can view Garth Lenz's photography and hear his presentation - Tar Sands Exposed - at 7 tonight at USM's Hannaford Hall in Portland. Lenz is also appearing at the University of Maine Orono tomorrow at 2 p.m. He was joined MPBN's Portland studio by Eriel Deranger of the indigenous Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in North Alberta.

View a Ted Talk by Garth Lenz.

View a slide show of Garth Lenz's images of tar sands extraction in Alberta, Canada.

Photo of Garth Lenz and Eriel Deranger: Tom Porter



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