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H2Oil. A Documentary.


I came across a documentary about the Alberta Tar Sands that I wanted to share with all of you.  The documentary is titled H2Oil and it looks at the Tar Sands’ impact on water in northern Alberta as well as the efforts being made to protect that water for the citizens that depend on it.  Since I haven’t seen the movie myself, I can’t give you much more info.  However, the preview (see below) makes me want to get a copy.

The documentary, which was actually released in 2008, is available on DVD.  Here is a link to the movie website and below is a preview.


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5 Comments leave one →
  1. 2012/01/01 1:29 am

    Dogwoof has a good bunch of films. I’ve not seen H2Oil myself yet… on order now, thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    • 2012/01/01 7:22 am

      There is also a good documentary by VBS called “Toxic: Alberta” ( They also did a documentary about the giant garbage islands floating in the Pacific oceans called “Toxic: Garbage Island” (you’ll see it on the same page).

      • 2012/01/14 2:21 pm

        Having now watched H2Oil, I was very much surprised to find that it didn’t make more use of ‘before and after’ contrast imagery and information. While certainly an interesting documentary, I doubt that anyone who wasn’t already sympathetic to the problem would take the time to sit through it. A wasted opportunity, I feel.

      • 2012/01/14 6:21 pm

        Thank you for your opinion Pendantry. Do you think that it would be a good documentary to show to people who aren’t familiar with the Tar Sands’ environmental impact? Or someone who is “on the fence” regarding the Tar Sands?

      • 2012/01/21 1:15 pm

        H2Oil focuses on the impact of the Tar Sands on those who belong to the area — the ‘indigenous’ (a word I, personally, do not much care for). It will, I think, only appeal to those who already have some sympathy for such peoples.

        A great many people are clearly more interested in their own self-interest than in the wellbeing of some minority elsewhere — if this were not the case, humanity* would have collectively done something to prevent the deaths by starvation every single day of in excess of thirty thousand human beings.

        So although some will be swayed by the argument presented by the film, sadly, I think that most won’t — at least, not to the extent of getting off their behinds and actually doing something about it.

        A better presentation would have drawn in more facets of the situation. H2Oil, for instance, only briefly touches on the promises of the oil industry to ‘make good’ after the bitumen has been extracted. That in itself is a whole can of worms: it’s simply marketing spiel, creative lying. There is no way to ‘make good’ on the loss of ancient forest. Worse, there is never any promise by any industry to compensate for the enormous volumes of pollution that are byproducts of so-called ‘beneficial’ economic activity. Almost all business relies upon externalising as much of its costs as possible — were it to include these costs, nothing humans do could ever be considered ‘economically viable’. Which is, of course, the elephant in the room.

        *”Mankind?” No, I don’t think that there’s anything particularly ‘kind’ about man, so I refuse to use the word.

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