a look back at the events which brought the energy era to alberta
First World War establishes oil as a key strategic commodity.
May 14 was a victorious day for Arthur W. Dingman as he and his associates savoured the fruits of their risk-taking with a natural gas discovery at Turner Valley.
Sydney Ells demonstrates the first commercial use of oilsands. In 1915, he shipped several tonnes of Athabasca oilsands by water, sleigh and rail to Edmonton for a road paving experiment.
Edmonton switches to natural gas for heating, lighting and cooking following completion of 130-kilometre pipeline from Viking.
Dr. Karl Clark, chemist and oilsands researcher, perfects a hot water separation process while working for the Research Council of Alberta and the University of Alberta. It becomes the basis of todayâ€™s thermal extraction process.