When Big Oil moves into Trickle Creek, Alberta, an extended family begins to witness health problems in livestock and people, including miscarriages and stillbirths. Suspecting industrial pollution as the cause, their charismatic leader, Wiebo Ludwig, launches a series of civil and legal appeals. These are met with industry and government indifference. Ludwig decides to take the law into his own hands. Industrial sabotage and a shooting death are the tragic results. On the eve of Wiebo Ludwig?s release from prison, author Andrew Nikiforuk has produced a compelling work of investigative reporting which raises some disturbing questions.
- Is toxic industrial pollution in rural Alberta real or imagined?
- Is violence the result of society?s failure to address very real concerns?
- Is Canada?s police force prepared to handle domestic terrorism?
- What lessons can we learn from this tragic story?
SPEAKER - Andrew Nikiforuk. Andrew Nikiforuk?s work as a journalist has earned him four National Magazine Awards, the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, and top honours from the Association of Canadian Journalists. He has written four previous books on matters of current social interest. Just released, Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig?s War Against Big Oil, is described as a ?real mystery thriller? (Edmonton Journal), ?the powerful story of a terrible tragedy? (Calgary Herald) and ?the facts will outrage? (Globe and Mail).