Hugh McCullum is an activist and journalist. A graduate of McGill University, he began his career with the Montreal Herald, then the Kingston Whig-Standard, the Regina Leader-Post, and the former Toronto Telegram. He also hosted the CBC national program, Meeting Place, from 1984 to 1989.
The Athabasca tar sands of northern Alberta contain an estimated 175 to 200 billion barrels of recoverable oil — the largest known hydrocarbon deposit ever discovered. This estimate is based on using existing technologies. Using newer technologies, as much as 2.5 trillion barrels of oil might be recovered — but the costs would be enormous.