Filmmaker journey follows proposed pipeline

An outdoor adventurer and award-winning filmmaker is taking on the B.C. wilderness to follow the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project.

Frank Wolf is following the proposed twin pipeline system from the Alberta tar sands to its Kitimat destination.

The filmmaker’s journey started in Fort McMurray, Alberta where he interviewed various people whose livelihoods are based around the tar sands. He then cycled to Fort Saskatchewan from where the pipeline would begin.

Wolf says he intends to show the seldom seen views of the people living in the areas where the pipeline would pass.

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He is following the route based on a GPS map. Since July 11, he has travelled 1,400 km – 1,100 by bicycle and 300 by foot.

Speaking from near Prince George, he says he has around 650 km left to travel. The final leg of the journey takes him from Bear Lake to Fort St. James and Burns Lake, then down the Kitimat River to a First Nations community at Hartley Bay. The community is situated near the Douglas Channel where the tankers would be collecting the oil.

He admits the documentary will be centred around the opposition to the proposed pipeline, but says that the opinions come from the people who would be most affected.

Although he says he was able to speak with a representative from Enbridge, he was not able to get as much access as he had wanted. However, he feels it’s more important to get the perspective from the local people.

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Wolf says the pipeline straddles two provinces with mostly opposing views.

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He says the proposed pipeline is set to take a route that could be unnecessarily dangerous. He says it would cross over 1,000 waterways, when Enbridge should be examining alternative, safer routes.

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The filmmaker has done several adventure projects including several canoe/kayak trips in Canada and overseas.

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