The rest of our Wordpower Tour continued without incident. Several of the schools that were missed on Tuesday, were worked into the schedule. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go to Anzac.
On Friday afternoon (April 25) we toured the Suncor plant before our return home. It was very impressive and definitely illustrated why it is so expensive to mine and process the oil sands. All the heavy equipment and complex processes add up. It’s a huge project that employs 4,000 people plus 3,500 contractors. Much is being done to conserve energy and mediate environmental impacts. However, the mass of this project combined with that of other oil-sands mining plants in the region does cause one to pause and wonder at our dependency on fossil fuels. These plants are needed to feed an ever-increasing hunger, but the true cost of that hunger is yet to be paid?