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Neil Young Compares Oil Sands Devastation to Hiroshima After Atomic Bomb


By CR - Posted on 13 September 2013

SEPT 12, 2013 - During a stop in Washington, D.C. for the National Farmers Union conference, rocker Neil Young commented on the devastated conditions of the Alberta town Fort McMurray due to the oil sands operation at the Athabasca Oil Sands; and compared the damage to Hiroshima after the atomic bomb. In a CBS interview he said, "The Indians up there and the native peoples are dying. The fuels all over - the fumes everywhere - you can smell it when you get to town." He added, "People are sick. People are dying of cancer because of this. All the First Nations people up there are threatened by this. Their food supply is wasted, their treaties are no good. They have the right to live on the land, like they always did, but there's no land left that they can live on. All the animals are dying."

Residents and a local DJ from Fort McMurray got real upset about their town being dissed, and Neil's music was banned from the Rock 97.9 station for a day. Read more on CBC.ca here.  (photo credit: Matthew Harris/CC)