Join the Belgrade Community Library with Wonderlust speaker Dale Martin to learn about Bakken and Athabascan Oil: Controversies and Consequences for Montana on April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s community room. Bakken and Athabascan Oil and the other 2nd Tuesday Wonderlust events are sponsored by First Interstate Bank. Please call the library at (406)388-4346 to reserve your seat today.
As Montana nears a century of continuous oil extraction and refining, the current boom in petroleum from the Bakken Formation in the Williston Basin holds the attention of the public, state and local government, and advocates for business, the environment, and rural life. This presentation is an overview of contemporary oil extraction, refining, and transportation in Montana and neighboring areas. The discussion will include a look at the controversies and consequences – current and predicted – of securing oil from both the Bakken Formation and the Athabasca oil sands of northern Alberta.
Dale Martin teaches history at MSU-Bozeman, specializing in the American West and technology. His interests include the extraction of minerals – solid, liquid and gas – from underground. An influential personal memory of mineral extraction is his night-time train ride through a flare-lit Mexican oil field in the 1980s.