Lonni Saken is pictured by a contaminated source of water on her farm near Edson, Alta., on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. An Alberta energy company has been ordered to transport water to a family dairy farm where the ground water has been contaminated by chemicals from a nearby gas plant. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

Pumpjacks, like this one near Calgary, are used to pump crude oil out of the ground after a well has been drilled. Thousands of oil wells have been abandoned across Alberta without proper remediation. (Todd Korol/Reuters)

These tall storage tanks in the Peace River area hold a mix of oil and sand that is heated to separate the two. The bitumen can then be shipped to an upgrader.

Urban sprawl has been encroaching on the foothills around Calgary at an alarming pace and is showing no signs of letting up. This subdivision on the west of Calgary is still expanding and is seen on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003.


Five-year-old Paul Van Ginkel, (L) Arnold Van Ginkel (2nd L) and wife Alida (R) holding 11-month-old Daniel by the their hog buildings on their farm near Bentley, Alberta, May 11, 2009. (WALTER TYCHNOWICZ/CANWEST NEWS SERVICE)