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“The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands”

“The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands”

By Chris Turner (Simon & Schuster)

The enormous tar sands boom around Fort McMurray, Alberta, came a decade before cheaper oil from the fracking and Bakken booms. In this century the oil sands symbolized our dependence on fossil fuel production and become a flashpoint of environmental advocacy. Canada’s “paradoxical relationship with its immense wilderness” and reputation for environmental leadership suffered in the limelight.

Local Calgary journalist Turner examines Alberta oil sands history, technology, economy, sociology and media studies. 

The full review of this book was published in the Aug. 31 Enjoy as part of the Young Adult award finalists. To read the review, visit billingsgazette.com/enjoy.

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