Grandma vs. the Oil-Sands Mine
Eighty-five-year-old grandmothers arenâ€™t typically subject to censorship, but Liz Moore is no ordinary grandma. After touring an oil-sands operation in Canada, Moore returned to her home in Colorado and began researching the mining process. Eventually, she spent $3,600 on a website that chronicles the destructive environmental impacts of oil-sands mining.
â€œI was appalled at what I sawâ€”the devastation of the land,â€ she says of her visit to a Syncrude mine in Fort McMurray, Alberta. â€œI came home and decided people in the U.S. needed to hear about this, because weâ€™ll be buying more and more oil from Canada.â€
Soon legal threats arrived. The mining giant Syncrude Canada Ltd. and a branch of the Alberta government threatened legal action if Moore did not remove certain photos from the website, she says.
â€œIt made me angry at a very deep level,â€ Moore says. â€œI donâ€™t like censorship, and if itâ€™s done to me, I like it even less.â€ Moore later learned that a release she signed before her tour gave the company the right to limit the use of her photos.
Excerpts from Moore’s presentation:
To see the entire presentation, check grandma Moore’s website, oilsandsofcanada.com.