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Alberta - July 10, 2019

Explorer Era Inspectors

Above: Nate Goodman and Ted Baugh pose here in front of the original ERCB Shack near the Leduc discovery well, now preserved at the Canadian Energy Museum (formerly the Leduc #1 Discovery Centre).

Back in the “explorer era” between the Leduc discovery in 1947 and the sour-gas blowout in 1982, ERCB inspectors were rough-and-ready rangers who roamed the Alberta plains to keep up with the industry crews they tracked. Driving from hamlets to worksites, along virgin woods and 80-mile cutlines, they were no-frills surveyors of development. They worked day and night, rolling down single-land equipment roads in Chevy Biscaynes. This style of oil and gas exploration defined an era of inspection. The inspectors pictured above went on to have long and distinguished regulatory careers in the Energy Resource Conservation Board’s (ERCB) field centre.

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