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Sheer necessity, the proper parent of an art so nearly allied to invention. From: The Critic. Act i. Sc. 2. by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816)

In the petroleum industry, the sheer necessity of increasing access to oil and gas reserves served as the impetus to many inventions. The world's petroleum industry started in Canada when New Brunswick geologist, Albert Gesner, developed the technology to distill kerosene. The first drilling oil well in the world may have been in China and Europe, but the technological advances were made in Canada. With the invention of the drilling platform and artificial islands, the industry was able to develop remote areas. In Canada, the offshore industry has expanded to the artic with the help of these two inventions. Canada’s petroleum industry has been driven by these inventions and energy of their inventors.



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