It’s hard to do anything in Alberta without somehow coming into contact with the oil and gas industry. A simple Sunday afternoon drive for ice cream takes you past Schlumberger-branded trucks, rhythmically swaying pumpjacks and newspapers displaying headlines about gas prices.
I don’t need to mention that this is nothing new—any born-and-bred Albertan pretty much has oil and gas running through his or her veins, and that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Megaprojects, like the Fort Hills oilsands mine featured on page 30, continue to pop up as the rest of the province prepares for the next impending boom.
And yet, there is so much more to energy in Alberta than the oilsands surrounding Fort McMurray or the gas fields in central Alberta.