Oil Companies and Alberta Government Go After Little Old Lady
85 Year old Liz Moore took a tour of Canada's oil sands. "I was appalled at what I saw—the devastation of the land," she says of her visit to a Syncrude mine in Fort McMurray, Alberta. "I came home and decided people in the U.S. needed to hear about this, because we'll be buying more and more oil from Canada."
She could have used a little help from our Fed on the graphics, but her website delivers a powerful message of destruction and environmental depredation. (See also the Guardian here on the subject). It was even more powerful before Oil giant Syncrude and a branch of the Alberta government tried to squash her like a bug.
Kevin Graham talks to Liz in E-Magazine:
"It made me angry at a very deep level," Moore says. "I don't like censorship, and if it's done to me, I like it even less." Moore later learned that a release she signed before her tour gave the company the right to limit the use of her photos.
The oil-sands mining company saw things differently. "We see this as an issue of copyright, accuracy and quality," a Syncrude spokesperson told the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper.
Moore's website offers a slide show about the destructiveness of the oil-sands mining process. The show includes photos she took during her trip to Fort Mc-Murray, but 17 of the site's roughly 70 images have been re-moved and replaced with "censored" banners.
But help is on the way. Moore has been contacted by a Canadian nonprofit organization and individual photographers who have photos to replace the images that were censored.
Those responses, along with hundreds of "you go, girl"-type e-mails and invitations to return to Canada to give talks, have been heartwarming, Moore says.
"It's why I keep it up," she adds.