The story of oil is a dramatic one, full of unusual circumstances and people. From the discovery of oil along riverbanks to the space-age applications of its by-products, the petroleum industry, then and now, fascinates and surprises. This definitive history of the Canadian oil and gas scene - a project of the Petroleum History Society - explores everything from early drilling techniques, refining methods, pioneers of the industry, major corporate players and the American connection to the technical aspects of gas pipelines, petrochemicals and offshore drilling. The authors describe the ways in which Canadians have left their mark in oil and gas knowledge and technology and helped to define the profound changes oil and its sister commodity, natural gas, have had on human society. As well as being an extensive history of our oil and gas industry, the volume covers technological advances and use of petroleum resources, economics, government policy and social and environmental issues.