In southern Alberta the Indians for hundreds of years skimmed oil from seeping on the surface of the earth and used it to make medicine.
In southern Alberta the Indians for hundreds of years skimmed oil from seeping on the surface of the earth and used it to make medicine. Today, the vast reserve of natural gas deep beneath the Pincher Creek region form the main source of supply for the Trans-Canada pipeline.
This carries it more than two thousand miles across the country to Montreal, and the industrial East. And now a pipeline snakes south from it to pour much-needed gas across the border with the United States at Emerson, Manitoba.
The first producing well was brought in at Pincher Creek more than ten years ago. Over two miles deep, it showed an open flow potential of 45 million cubic feet a day.
This year, the Canadian-U.S. Governments agreed to license the flow of some of Canada's rich reserves of gas across the border. As well as other lines in the West, a new branch pipeline has just been completed from the Trans-Canada at Winnipeg. The line, with eight compressor stations, cost 39 million dollars to build.
Expansion schemes enable the plant to now handle 204 million cubic feet of raw gas a day.