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Local Push Global Pull - Oil Sands History book
Local Push Global Pull: The Untold History of the Athabasca Oil Sands 1900 to 1930. Joyce Hunts illustrated book entitled Local Push - Global Pull is a documented history of Canada's Oil Sands from 1900 to 1930. If the Oil Sands have been a curiosity to y


 
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cNot many people can say that seeing a newspaper advertisement from 1915 would forever change the direction of their lives, but Joyce e. Hunt can. In the mid-1970s, while living in the oil sands heartland of Fort McMurray, Alberta, this educator and perennial student of history came across an ad from an early edition of the Edmonton Bulletin. It encouraged the public to “forget that silly talk about Calgary oil fields,” and invest in a company preparing to drill “in the real oil fields of the great north, where the oil actually tis.”

This evidence of great enthusiasm for Alberta’s vast oil sands resource potential at such an early stage in the game ignited in Joyce a profound fascination. She began scouring private, provincial, state, and national archives for more information about oil sands development in the period between 1900 and 1930, uncovering a surprising story of drive, perseverance and progress-a story that truly has never been told before.

Joyce’s extensive analysis of primary source historical material offers compelling parallels between the trials and tribulations faced by early players and the challenges affronted by contemporary developers, including fickle economics, logistical mountains, technology breakthroughs, and changing regulations. This is the story of the personalities and projects that laid the foundation for their successors to overcome seemingly insurmountable tests and win one of the greatest energy resources the world will ever know.