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Local Push Global Pull: The Untold History of the Athabaska Oil Sands


Dear John

I have in the past viewed your web site and have always found the items interesting.  Thus, I am being so bold to tell you about a book that I have written on the early oil sands history in which I have included a chapter devoted to Royal Dutch Shell that some of your visitors might find to be of interest.

The chapter centres around three separate requests that Shell put forth before the government of Canada that was greatly opposed when news of the request was leaked.  The year 1917.  The request – sole concession of the northern half of the province of Alberta and an even larger portion of land along the Mackenzie River in the NWT.  In total, the concession amounted to 75,000 square miles larger than the whole of Alberta.

If you wish to learn more please contact me or check my web site: (which has a contact email address for me)

Joyce Hunt

Book Launches & Signings

Wednesday, April 11 (afternoon)

University of Alberta, Edmonton

Sponsored by Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta

We, who have worked hard to make this book a reality, would like to thank the following organizations and businesses for their support:

  • American Oil and Gas History Society, Washington, DC
  • Canadian Heavy Oil Association
  • DeMille Books, Calgary
  • Fort McMurray Public Library
  • junewarren-nickle’s energy group
  • Keyano College
  • Map Town, Calgary
  • Oilsands Review
  • Oilweek
  • Petroleum History Institute, USA
  • Suncor Energy
  • University of Alberta and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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