By Sandy Gow
Roughnecks, Rock Bits, and Rigs:The Evolution of Oil good Drilling know-how in Alberta, 1883-1970, is an in depth learn of an incredible and little-documented region of the background of oil and fuel in Alberta. it's the first complete research to target the applied sciences that made Alberta's oil achievable. writer Sandy Gow presents an in-depth examine the evolution of oil good drilling know-how from 1883 via 1970, the period of traditional oil exploration within the province. through the early exploration years, the participants operating within the oilfield built and tailored applied sciences, corresponding to drill bits and gear resources, to fit their particular wishes, principally via trial and blunder. This spirit of innovation and ingenuity is captured in debts of the evolution of drilling approaches and kit, in addition to within the own tales of these who labored at the rigs. Gow places the know-how of the oilfield into context with an summary of the historical past and geology of oil and gasoline in Alberta, in addition to a glance on the human aspect of this very important provincial undefined.
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Pembina was the ﬁrst indication that the Cardium sands existed as a porous bed with commercial oil possibilities. 6 The major oil fields discovered in Alberta, 1956–1970. Map by Jan Vandenberg. Oil Field Sites: 1. Pembina 7. Bellshill Lake 2. Rocky Mountain House 8. Cutbank East 3. Alhambra 4. Keystone 9. Red Earth Creek 10. Sundre 5. Little Smoky 11. Westward Ho 6. Sturgeon Lake South 12. Harmattan-Elkton the Alberta foothills, from the southern end of Turner Valley to the Peace River region and westward into northeast British Columbia.
Chapter One of this book was meant to place Alberta’s oil and gas ﬁelds in an historical perspective while, at the same time, establishing a chronology for the events against which oil well drilling technology must be viewed. That ﬁrst chapter did not say anything about how petroleum originated, nor did it say much about where it is found, or under what conditions. In addition, the techniques and technologies for ﬁnding it were mentioned only in passing. This chapter will attempt to address these important questions and to explain the nature of the oil-bearing formations within the province of Alberta.
Jumping Pound West 8. Pine Creek 31. Marten Hills 9. Stolberg 32. Stanmore 10. Swan Hills 33. Edson 11. Virgina Hills 34. Minnehik-Buck Lake 12. Berland River 35. Dunvegan 13. Waterton 36. Gold Creek 14. Carstairs 37. Mitsue 15. Cessford 38. Marlboro 16. Lovett River 39. Nipisi 17. Wildcat Hills 40. Rainbow Lake 18. Brazeau River 41. Quirk Creek 19. Burnt Timber 42. Strachan 20. Judy Creek 43. Rinicus West 21. Lookout Butte 45. Medicine Hat 22. Olds 46. Lone Pine Creek 23. Waskahigan 44. Whiskey Swan Hills set off a new scramble and provided ongoing employment for seismic crews and rig crews, but with a few exceptions there was not much more oil to be found.