BURNING WATER was released in 2010, and since then Fiona Lauridsen has shared her story before thousands of concerned citizens across Canada – focusing primarily around her home in Alberta. Her fight against the Alberta Government, EnCana, and the apathy of her community is followed in the Bunbury Films Documentary, Burning Water, which aired on CBC’s The Passionate Eye.
Fiona Lauridsen has spoken at press conferences, film festivals, community meetings, government hearings, conferences, colleges, and universities – speaking alongside industry representatives, critics, environmentalists, and other concerned landowners such as Jessica Ernst, Debbie Signer, and Shawn & Ronalie Campbell. For more information about speaking events, CLICK HERE.
For those who haven’t watched Burning Water (really, what are you even doing here? GO WATCH!) it is an independent documentary film following a small farm family in Canada as they deal with water contamination so severe, well water can be set on fire. Often people want to know what happened next… What happened after the film? Shortly after Burning Water was filmed, the Lauridsen’s sold the farm where it was filmed and moved to another location just South East of Rosebud, Alberta. Once EnCana had been absolved of responsibility for contaminating the aquifer, and was no longer required to provide clean water, the family could not afford the cost of having water trucked in for themselves and their livestock, and no longer felt safe bathing in the contaminated water.
The battle over the contamination of the Rosebud Aquifer continues with Jessica Ernst, a neighbour and friend who lives just West of Rosebud, AB. Ernst hopes to take her lawsuit all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada; her case may redefine the laws in Canada in the years to come and should be followed closely.
The blog is run by Aiyana, Fiona Lauridsen’s eldest child and only daughter, who appears in the opening shot of Burning Water riding her horse, and again in her grad-dress near the end of the film. She felt that being followed by film-makers made the awkwardness of being a teenage girl that much more uncomfortable, and thus, she says nothing in the film and recalls spending a great deal of time hiding in her bedroom (like any typical teenager would). In the intervening years, she found her voice and followed her mothers outspoken objections to continued industry development.
The opinions of this blog are her own, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of her mother, her employer, or anyone else. All opinions are subject to change; a consequence of having an open-mind and an ever-expanding knowledge base, therefore old posts may reflect past feelings and opinions.
Aiyana is a freelancer blogger creating content for a number of platforms, as well as speaking out and organizing projects to raise awareness. Contact Aiyana by email: firstname.lastname@example.org