During construction of the UE-1 Project in northern Alberta, thousands of workers were exposed to toxins in a famous incident known as the ‘Plume of Doom’. It lasted a week, with hundreds seeking medical attention at Syncrude’s First Aid facilities. However, because of the massive oil profits to be lost from project delays, Syncrude actually forced the unionized construction workers to stay and work in the toxic cloud for several days, under possible threat of ten thousand dollar fines.

Onsite working a summer job as an apprentice electrician, a university student investigates the workers’ claims, and ends up paying a terrible price.

Written on location, Spark Watch paints a clear picture of what life is really like for the people building the tarsands megaprojects.