Alberta Oil Sands Project is a work-in-progress that responds to the Canadian Oil Sands phenomenon as a complex site of global industry, economic power and environmental devastation. It involves travel to Fort McMurray, Alberta to conduct aerial filming of the oil sands industry and its impact on the surrounding region—including oil refineries, open pit mining, land reclamation projects, urban sprawl and changing demographics.
In October 2011, Kavanagh attended a 3-day U.S. Media Tour and Symposium, organized by the Consulate General of Canada, Denver, CO. The delegation consisted of eight U.S. Reporters from newspapers, web news, magazines and business journals, as well as Kavanagh, the only Canadian in the delegation. The Symposium was hosted by representatives of the Government of Alberta, and by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Products (CAPP.) Tours of mining operations were conducted by representatives from Syncrude Canada Ltd. and Connacher Oil.
Articles published in direct response to the Symposium include:
Michael Connors, "Alberta's Oil Sands," ICOSA: Energy Journal. October – December 2011, Volume 3 Issue 4, pp. 54-56.
Paul Hammel, "Birthplace of a Controversy: Visit to Canadian oil fields offers window into heart of big- stakes battle over Keystone XL Pipeline," Omaha Sunday World Herald, October 23, 2011.