Jon Lowenstein | Canada | In the Oil Sands

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 Jon Lowenstein | Canada | In the Oil Sands

©2009 Jon Lowenstein/NOOR

In the Oil Sands

The oil sands of Alberta, Canada, represent the second largest source of crude oil in the world, behind Saudia Arabia. Beneath an area the size of the Montana are an estimated 170.4 billion barrels of crude oil. Unlike conventional crude oil, which is pumped from deep within the earth, oil sands are a mixture of sand, clay, water and bitumen, found near the surface. Mining and refining the oil sands is an expensive process, but with the rise in the price per barrel of oil, it has become profitable—very profitable. The small town of Fort McMurray, known to its residents as Fort McMoney, has exploded with the influx of oil patch workers from around the globe, and Canada’s coffers have swelled with billions in royalties. But there is a downside. Oil sand mining degrades the landscape, pollutes the water and with its associated refining industries accounts for 5 percent of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

About Jon Lowenstein:

e8c94cc5b4USA, 1970 – Over the last 10 years, Jon has specialized in long-term, in-depth documentary photographic projects which question the status quo. In 2000 he started his ongoing project about Mexican Immigration to the United States. Jon has been documenting the South Side Chicago community for the past eight years and his recent work includes stories from Central America and South Africa. Jon was recently named a 2008 Alicia Patterson Fellow and garnered the 2007 Getty Award for Editorial Images. Jon resides in Chicago.

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