University of Alberta students Hans Asfeldt and Alison Bortolon spent the summer digging for missing parts of the discussion on hydraulic fracturing in Alberta. As video journalists for the AlbertaVoices project, Hans and Alison sought to investigate the discrepancy between the perspectives of industry and government and the experiences of Alberta landowners. Their travels brought them face to face with farmers, operators, retirees and people of all kinds who have been impacted by oil and gas activity.
Last fall, Hans researched the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water while Alison produced a short documentary based on Responsibility for the Land: Conversations on Fracking in Alberta, a conference hosted in Camrose at Augustana – U of A. This past summer, the two young students combined their skills and set out to interview Albertans and put their stories into film.
With their summer work coming to a close, AlbertaVoices presents a multipart series of short films on fracking in Alberta. The series provides an avenue through which Albertans can participate in the public discussion of oil and gas development. It is the hope of AlbertaVoices that sharing these stories will help replace controversy with clarity and encourage responsible, informed decisions that will lead to a future we all hope for.
Hans and Alison have worked hard to get the project off the ground, but it is the hospitality and honesty of Albertans themselves that has brought AlbertaVoices forward. Check www.albertavoices.ca every Tuesday for a new story, and check it out today to read and watch various stories that have already been published.
The AlbertaVoices Crew
Alison, Hans, Raj and Dittmar