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Leduc: Causes and Effects

Royalite #4 well, Turner Valley AlbertaFebruary 13, 1947, was an historic day for Alberta. It was on this day that Alberta struck oil. The effects from that one oil strike would bring people from all over Canada to work on Leduc #1 and change the economic, political and social climate of Alberta.

Before the Leduc discovery, oil and gas development was not the major industry it is today. In fact, Alberta was a province focused more on agriculture than anything else. Some oil had been found at Turner Valley, but nothing big enough to initiate an oil boom in the province like the discovery at Leduc would in 1947. 

Featured Article: The Downside of DownsizingLeduc had a tremendous effect on Alberta, and the spin-off effects of the Leduc oil strike can still be seen today. Oil exploration and development continues to be a major industry in Alberta and has created thousands of jobs across the province.




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