This original Pump Jack from the Discovery Well stands as an historical marker along one of my walking trails.

The Central Del Rio Discovery Well was spudded in our area in 1954. It pumped for 39 years and is credited for the oil exploration and production that followed, resulting in almost 1,000 wells in our area.

Two little known facts (unless you live here) about my little corner of the world:

1. The province has estimated oil reserves of almost 1.2 billion barrels, refining and upgrading capacity, and an extensive network of pipelines. Saskatchewan is home to a significant portion of the Bakken Formation, one of the largest conventional oil plays in North America.

2. The Weyburn-Midale Carbon Dioxide Project (or IEA GHG Weyburn-Midale CO Monitoring and Storage Project) was, as of 2008, the world’s largest carbon capture and storage project. It is located in Midale, Saskatchewan, Canada.

“My formula for success?”…….”Rise early. Work late. Strike oil.” ~ J.Paul Getty (1892-1976)