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Drilling into Canada's Petroleum History
Spring 2017
The birth of Canada’s oil and gas industry­ took place more than 150 years ago in southern­ Ontario.

James Miller Williams, a carriage maker from Hamilton, Ont. and the founding father of Canada’s petroleum industry, was drilling for water in 1858 when he struck oil at a site known as Black Creek in southern Ontario. The discovery became North America’s first oil well and the area was renamed Oil Springs. Williams went on to found The Canadian Oil Company, creating facilities for petroleum production, refining and marketing — the first integrated petroleum company on the continent. 

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