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Pumped: Everyone's Guide to the Oil Patch

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Alberta Trade Non-Fiction Book Award nominee 2008

"With a well-paced, easy-to-read style, Pumped is a much-needed primer to the Byzantine world of Canada's oil patch. From the fascinating history and politics (seven national energy programs, yikes!) to the booms and busts, mistakes and lessons, it's all here."


-- Alister Thomas, managing editor of The Roughneck, Energy Processing Canada and Propane Canada ...

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Overview


Alberta Trade Non-Fiction Book Award nominee 2008

"With a well-paced, easy-to-read style, Pumped is a much-needed primer to the Byzantine world of Canada's oil patch. From the fascinating history and politics (seven national energy programs, yikes!) to the booms and busts, mistakes and lessons, it's all here."


-- Alister Thomas, managing editor of The Roughneck, Energy Processing Canada and Propane Canada magazines

Seasoned petroleum historian David Finch engages and entertains as he acquaints us with the basic vocabulary and mechanics of Canada's oil industry right through its most complex issues.

Perhaps you know the answers to some of the basics:

  • What is a barrel of oil?
  • Where does it come from?
  • How does it get into the gas tank?
  • Why is oil so political?

Do you recall the details of some of the programs?

  • What was the National Energy Program,
  • The National Oil Program,
  • The Western Accord,
  • and why did they matter?

Are you well-versed enough in the politics to know the answers to these questions?

  • Are we really running out of oil?
  • What is the current state of the tar sands?
  • What do "upstream," "midstream," and "downstream" mean?
  • Who controls oil and gas in Canada and why does it cost so much if it belongs to us, the people of Canada?
  • And finally, Why does this industry dominate the world's economic and political arenas.

With short chapters, illustrations, maps, photographs, and a user friendly index-glossary, Pumped makesthe complicated, jargon rich, high-stakes world of petroleum exploration, excavation, and consumption easy to understand.

Finch provides a balanced, knowledgeable, and often humorous primer on the mechanics, history, and politics of Canada's oil industry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897252093
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/3/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Finch

Born in Cuba, David Finch is a historical consultant living in Calgary. With more than twenty years of consulting experience, he is the author of several books on the oil industry, including Hell's Half Acre, and is a regular contributor to The Calgary Herald, Alberta Oil: The Magazine, and Alberta Views. David received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Dedicated Investigation and Professional Scholarship in the Study of Canadian Petroleum History from the Petroleum History Society of Calgary.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Andrew Nikiforuk     vii
Hi There: An Introduction to This Book     ix
Jargon: The Roughneck and the Pump Jack     1
Discovery: Oil Is Where You Find It     17
Gushers: Drilling for Oil     33
Consumers: Using Twenty-five Barrels of Oil     45
Conflict: Seven Examples of Canadian National Energy Programs     61
Outrageous: The Price at the Pump     85
Bitumen: The Oil Sands     99
Frontiers: Oilfields on the Edge     121
OOPS!: Mistakes and Lessons     137
Booms: This Time It's Different     163
Glossary and Index     183

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