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Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio raised hackles in Alberta, Canada this past weekend after visiting both Fort McMurray, the heart of the oil sands industry, and the smaller town of Fort Chipewyan. The trip's rumored purpose, according to a Globe and Mail article published Sunday, was to research an environmental documentary. That might surprise those who only know the star from his roles in movies like Titanic, Inception and The Wolf of Wall Street, but it won't be DiCaprio's first such film — he created, produced and narrated 2007′s The 11th Hour, which covers the state of the environment, and currently he's narrating a series of short films, collectively called Green World Rising, on solutions to climate change. Watch Carbon, the first instalment of Green World Rising, below or on YouTube: Meanwhile, his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, started in 1998, is focused on land, oceans and species conservation; just this year it's provided grants to a number of organizations, including Oceana, which received $3 million, and the Elephant Crisis Fund, which received $1 million. Oil industry unimpressed Unfortunately for DiCaprio, those credentials held little sway in Alberta. Though he and director Darren Aronofsky, also on the visit, were well received by members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, some of whom they had lunch with on Friday, oil industry members were quick to take offense to DiCaprio's presence. "Like Canadians, we [the industry] are growing tired of the fad of celebrity environmentalists coming into the region for a few hours or a few days, and offering their ideas and solutions to developing this resource," The Globe and Mail quotes Lee Funke, a spokesperson for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, as saying.