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Encana: A company with its roots in the creation of Canada; Carrie Tait draws a timeline for the natural gas company that dates back to the 1880s

Nov 01, 2019 - The Globe and Mail (Canada)

FEBRUARY, 1881 The Conservative government, led by John A. Macdonald, creates the Canadian Pacific Railway Co., with a mandate to build a rail line across the country. As part of the deal, the new company received 25 million acres of land, some of which came with surface and mineral rights.

1883-1886 A CPR crew drilling for water near Medicine Hat hits natural gas. This is the first natural gas discovery in what would later become Alberta, marking the accidental launch of Canada's multibil...