FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. -- Don’t expect Neil Young to add Fort McMurray to any future tours.
Speaking to a National Farmers Union event in Washington, D.C., the Canadian folk rock musician shared his impressions of the city and the oilsands.
“Fort McMurray looks like Hiroshima. Fort McMurray is a wasteland,” Young said. ““The fuel’s all over, the fumes everywhere – you can smell it when you get to town. The closest place to Fort McMurray that is doing the tar sands work is 25 or 30 miles out of town and you can taste it when you get to Fort McMurray,” he said. “People are sick. People are dying of cancer because of this. All the First Nations people up there are threatened by this.”
Young and actress Daryl Hannah were in the area over the Labour Day long weekend, filming an anti-oilsands documentary.
Young’s comments have been decried by area politicians and community leaders, including the local filmmaker who accompanied Young and Hannah.