Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  43 min.
Release Date: January 22, 2010 (limited)
DVD: March 30, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 3.00
based on 53 votes and 12 reviews
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Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands is a hypnotic documentary that offers an unparalleled view of the Canada's most controversial natural resource. Produced by Greenpeace Canada and shot primarily from a helicopter, the film addresses the tar sands impact on the environment, yet it does so with the all stunning imagery that's become a Mettler trademark.

Director: Peter Mettler
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Sandy Hunter, Laura Severinac
Screenplay: Peter Mettler

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  • 5 stars "everybody's downstream"
  • 5 stars "land, regardless of whether covered by forests, tundra or grasslands, is threatened by mining operations such as alberta’s vast open tar pit operations, or through incredible networks of “right of way” cuts for pipelines that extend in the hundreds of thousands of miles, all told, and across the continent in four directions and to three oceans—either through feeding the tar sand operations with fossil fuel energy or through feeding energy markets from tar sand operations after production. in the case of pipeline right of ways, they can blast directly through mountains or be buried in permafrost if needed, to get the energy to move."
  • 5 stars "what’s not to get: habitat destruction, acid rain, water pollution, unethical (i.e. first nations), cancer, deforestation, water depletion, deformed fish, oiled birds, emissions, air pollution, toxic waste, loss of migration corridors. and they’ve only just started."
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