James Cameron Tours Alberta, Canada Oil Sands Site
Cameron at a press conference on Wednesday in Alberta:
"It will be a curse if it's not managed properly. It can also be a great gift to Canada and to Alberta. I'm pragmatic enough to understand the powerful economic forces that are driving this development.
|James Cameron touring oil sands site|
Cameron's biggest concern was for the aboriginal people living downstream from the oilsands, many of whom have expressed worry about pollutants damaging the river and wildlife they depend on to survive. Cameron a study about the environmental effects on people downstream to be inconclusive simply because the people in Fort Chipewyan are afraid to drink their own water, they are afraid to eat the fish and they are afraid to let their kids swim in the river.
It had been reported that Cameron had agreed to help First Nation communities in the Fort Chipewyan area with legal action against the government, but the director backed away from that position. Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation hopes Cameron's commitment includes assistance with a legal fight, but noted:
"Maybe he's backed away a bit, but we clearly understood what he said (Tuesday), because I've got it written down on paper. That's why I had my assistants sitting there taking notes. I made sure I covered my end."