Giga-project. The most destructive project on earth. By Stuart Hall
May 27, 2016
Award winning Landscape Photographer Stuart Hall has been documenting the course of the Giga-project - the largest industrial project in human history and likely also the most destructive. He first visited the Tar Sands in Fort McMurray, Canada in 2011 and tries to return almost every year since to capture the destruction of the natural environment.
The incredible beauty in the images belies the reality that the process of extracting the bitumen is, according to environmentalists, the world's most damaging activity. The scale is so enormous that the wound can be seen from space. The oil embedded in the sand lies under 140,000 km2 of forests, equivalent to the size of England.
Writing in the New York Times in 2013 Thomas Homer-Dixon wrote:
"The most obvious reason is that tar sands production is one of the world’s most environmentally damaging activities. It wrecks vast areas of boreal forest through surface mining and subsurface production. It sucks up huge quantities of water from local rivers, turns it into toxic waste and dumps the contaminated water into tailing ponds that now cover nearly 70 square miles'"
Take a look at more of Stuart Hall's landscape photography here.