Burning Sands

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Before the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico all earth was threatened by the oil disaster in the Persian Gulf — over 700 oil wells were set on fire by Saddam Hussein. It was predicted it would take decades to extinguish them.
This is the true story of the heroic men who set a world record in killing those wild wells in just five months and saved the earth from toxic fallout

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About Frank Touby

Frank Touby has been a career journalist in the U.S. and Canada and has worked in all media on both sides of the border. Born in Jacksonville, Fla. and reared and educated in Miami, he was schooled at Miami Senior High School, University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University. His journalism career started in Miami at WITV-TV as a news cameraman and reporter, he did talk-show radio in Palm Beach (WQXT) and was the editorial page writer at the Palm Beach Post. He moved to Toronto to work for The Telegram as a feature writer in 1971, but that paper was sold just before he started work and he became an editor for the Oakville Daily Journal Record and later municipal affairs columnist for the Mississauga Times, both part of Toronto Star’s chain of suburban newspapers. He became a magazine writer in a number of Canadian journals including Maclean’s, Weekend, Canadian and others. He also did a six-month gig in public relations with the Leo Burnett advertising agency in Toronto. He returned to television with CFTO, the CTV affiliate station in Toronto as an on-air reporter. Later he was business section copy editor for the Toronto Sun. Then he spent a decade as producer and commentator of The Financial Post radio syndicated programs. When the division he headed was closed, he talked his way into being taken on as a trainee oilfield firefighter in order to write “Burning Sands.” Later he went to Edmonton for a few months to understudy as deputy managing editor of Alberta Report newsmagazine, but decided to return to Toronto, where he continued writing in magazines. In 1996 he and his wife Paulette started Community Bulletin Newspaper Group on the dining table of their Downtown Toronto townhouse. Today the main paper, The Bulletin, has a readership of over 140,000. Frank continues to write a fiery column in The Bulletin where he supports some progressive causes and opposes police-state measures, fluoridation of water supplies, attempts to impose a one-world government and the corporatist takeover of North American governments.

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