Devised by California-based Richfield Oil Corporation, Project Oilsand was uncannily simple: Get an atomic bomb from the Americans and blow it up under Athabasca.
“If it’s built, it will be used and useful.”
Realtor Cody Battershill has heard the stories of Calgarians travelling abroad being met with disgust when they tell people where they’re from. He’s watched a parade of celebrities — Neil Young, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Redford — come to Alberta to denounce Alberta.
Since that cataclysmic event a cloud has hung over little Likely, a village of perhaps 350 huddled at the top of Quesnel Lake, 600 kilometres north of Vancouver.
In a hot, concrete hut filled with acetylene fumes, an elderly Mongolian miner struggles to contain her excitement as she plucks a sizzling inch-long nugget of gold from a grubby cooling pot and raises it to the light.
Vancouver-based mining company Fortuna Silver says it has nothing to do with the shooting death of a protester in a town near the company’s mine site in Mexico.