|Appears in Collections:||History and Politics eTheses|
|Title:||Landscapes of Perception: Reclaiming the Athabasca Oil Sands and the Sydney Tar Ponds|
|Author(s):||Dance, Anne T.|
Sydney Tar Ponds
Canadian Environmental Policy
|Publisher:||University of Stirling|
|Abstract:||This interdisciplinary project offers new insights into the reclamation history of two of the most controversial and contaminated sites in Canadian history: the Sydney tar ponds and coke ovens and the Athabasca oil sands. It argues that Canada’s natural resource-dependent economy, combined with jurisdictional uncertainty, created a hesitant, fragmentary site cleanup regime, one that left room for different ideas about landscapes to shape and even distort reclamation’s goals and processes. In the absence of substantive reclamation standards and legislation, researchers struggled to accommodate the unique challenges of the oil sands during the 1960s and 1970s. Ambitious goals for reclamation faltered, and even the most successful examples of oil sands reclamation differed significantly from the pre-extraction environment; reclamation was not restoration. Planners envisioned transforming northeastern Alberta into a managed wilderness and recreation nirvana, but few of these plans were realised. The Sydney tar ponds experience suggests that truly successful reclamation cannot exist unless past injustices are fully acknowledged, reparations made, and a more complete narrative of contamination and reclamation constructed through open deliberation. Reclamation, after all, does not repair history; nor can it erase the past. Effective oil sands reclamation, then, requires a reconsideration of the site’s past and an acknowledgement of the perpetuated vulnerabilities and injustices wrought by development and reclamation.|
|Type:||Thesis or Dissertation|
|0TableofContents.pdf||Table of Contents||403.11 kB||Adobe PDF||Under Permanent Embargo Request a copy|
|1ChapterOneIntroduction.pdf||Chapter One: Introduction||390.75 kB||Adobe PDF||Under Permanent Embargo Request a copy|
|2ChapterTwoPolicy.pdf||Chapter Two: The Policy Window||434.04 kB||Adobe PDF||Under Permanent Embargo Request a copy|
|3ChapterThreeScienceof_the_Possible.pdf||Chapter Three: The Science of the Possible--Early attempts to reclaim the Athabasca oil sands, 1960-2010||508.92 kB||Adobe PDF||Under Permanent Embargo Request a copy|
|4ChapterFour_Landscapes_of_Reclamation.pdf||Chapter Four: Landscapes of Reclamation--Perceptions shaping oil sands reclamation, 1973-2013||439.1 kB||Adobe PDF||Under Permanent Embargo Request a copy|
|5ChapterFive_Proof_in_Uncertainty.pdf||Chapter Five: Proof in Uncertainty--Inscribing contamination on ghosts and bodies at the 2006 Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Hearings||445.15 kB||Adobe PDF||Under Embargo until 2999-12-13 Request a copy|
|6ChapterSix_Moral_Landscapes.pdf||Chapter Six: The perception problem--Moral landscapes of reclamation and the future of oil sands clean up||449.32 kB||Adobe PDF||Under Permanent Embargo Request a copy|
|7ChapterSeven_Conclusion.pdf||Chapter Seven: Conclusion||220.83 kB||Adobe PDF||Under Permanent Embargo Request a copy|
|8Appendices.pdf||Appendices||3.19 MB||Adobe PDF||Under Permanent Embargo Request a copy|
|9Bibliography.pdf||Bibliography||382.33 kB||Adobe PDF||Under Permanent Embargo Request a copy|
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