EATON/ZINK: "Fault Lines" Launched

EATON/ZINK: "Fault Lines" Launched

Postby Oscar » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:24 pm

Book launch "Fault Lines" By Dr. Emily Eaton and Valerie Zink

Qu'Appelle Valley Centre for the Arts (QVCA) (Old School)

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. Feb 13/17

The Book is subtitled "Life and Landscape in Saskatchewan's Oil Economy" and covers various aspects of the past, present and future of Oil in Saskatchewan.

According to one reviewer "Fault Lines is a lively chronicle of the ambiguities and aftermaths of the Saskatchewan's oil economy. The book creates a striking portrait of the new social, economic and environmental realities of Saskatchewan's oil patch". Other reviews are available online by searching the title.

Please join them for an interesting discussion of the oil industry in this province!

Hope to see you there!

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Re: EATON/ZINK: "Fault Lines" Launched

Postby Oscar » Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:07 pm

Inside Saskatchewan’s Oil Economy

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An adapted excerpt from Fault Lines: Life and Landscape in Saskatchewan’s Oil Economy

by Emily Eaton • Dec 15, 2016 • Politics, Society, Economy, Environment

Oil is only one of the natural resources that fuel Saskatchewan’s export-led economy. Long a peripheral province in the confederation, Saskatchewan’s rural areas were largely cleared of Indigenous peoples and settled as agricultural communities producing bulk commodities for international markets. In the mid-1900s rural agricultural areas in the south became host to oil and potash extraction, while uranium mining pushed into the province’s north. Rural residents of oil-producing communities have lived through the ups and downs of the industry since the early 1950s when commercial production of oil began to flourish. Moreover, many see oil as fundamental to their futures – futures that will include the inevitable booms and busts inherent in resource-extractive economies. Oil is therefore fundamental to the history, present, and future of many regions in Saskatchewan, especially given the latest and largest oil boom that began in the mid-2000s and ended in 2014. In fact, a narrative I often heard from those working in the field views oil as the foundation of modern life and essential to notions of freedom. For many of the people I spoke with, a future without oil amounts to “turning back the clock” – regressing to a period without leisure time, travel, or mechanized farm production. And to the extent that alternative employment and economies scarcely exist, oil is synonymous with reality itself. In many communities where oil has been a long-standing fixture of life, criticisms of fossil fuels and the industry are understood as threats to the present and future of life and livelihood.

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The recent downturn, although certainly painful for oil-producing regions, also opens up opportunities to articulate a different future. The burden is on us all to bring to life alternatives that can break the cycle of boom and bust and that are more environmentally and socially just. In so doing, we ought to defend people’s rights to livelihood, and their choices to stay in the communities that they call home and on the lands that they have stewarded for generations.

Excerpt from Fault Lines: Life and Landscape in Saskatchewan’s Oil Economy published by University of Manitoba Press in 2016.

Emily Eaton is an associate professor of geography at the University of Regina specializing in political economy and ecology.
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