Energy Examined
Energy Examined
Mar 23, 2021
Beyond the stereotype: Oil sands communities are more than you might think
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There's a stereotype that oil sands communities like Fort McMurray are similar to frontier towns in the Wild West. The thing is, they're more aptly described as family friendly, highly livable and truly resilient: surviving wildfires, floods and COVID-19.

That's no accident, says Perry Berkenpas, Executive Director of the Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA): an organization focused on building bridges between industry and local residents. Berkenpas discusses how industry collaborates to invest in communities, partners with Indigenous groups, and works toward a prosperous and sustainable future for all who live in the oil sands region.

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