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Fault Lines: Life and Landscape in Saskatchewan's Oil by Emily Eaton,Valerie Zink

By Emily Eaton,Valerie Zink

Oil isn't really new to Saskatchewan. some of the wells came upon on farmland around the province date again to the Nineteen Fifties while the started to unfold. yet there's little question that the hot growth (2006–2014) and next downturn in unconventional oil construction has reshaped rural lives and landscapes. whereas many small cities have been struggling with depopulation and decline, others reoriented themselves round a booming oil industry.

In position of the deserted homes and shuttered retailers present in many small cities in Saskatchewan, housing advancements sprang up with new vans and boats parked in driveways. but humans in oil-producing parts additionally lived amid flare stacks that made them unwell, had difficulty discovering housing because of emptiness premiums that have been one of the lowest within the nation, suffered through
family breakdown as a result of lengthy operating hours and time spent clear of domestic, and persevered spills and leaks that infected their land.

In the summer time of 2014, on the peak of the growth, geographer Emily Eaton and photographer Valerie Zink travelled to grease cities around the province, from the sea-can inn equipped from transport boxes at the outskirts of Estevan to seismic trying out websites on Thunderchild First Nation’s Sundance grounds.

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