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Though the Pigeon Lake spot was viewed by geologists as a more promising location, the team chose Leduc due to the location's proximity to major roadways and the North Saskatchewan River. Several drill stem tests down to depths of 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) showed only traces of oil and natural gas.This decision proved fortuitous, as a later effort by Imperial to drill at Pigeon Lake resulted in another dry hole. As drilling passed into Mesozoic depths, tests indicated large quantities of natural gas and some oil.He later stated: "The crew and I were experts at abandoning wells but we didn't know much about completing them.I named February 13 and started praying." People felt a rumbling in the ground, while roughnecks opened release valves.It was a small find, and close to the limits of the Paleozoic Era, where conventional wisdom of the time held that oil was unlikely to be found.Imperial was left to choose whether to begin production of this small find, or drill deeper and risk having the byproducts of drilling ruin the company's ability to complete a well at the depth of this find. When drilling reached 1,536 metres (5,039 ft), into the Devonian Era, tests showed promising results.
This year, plans for Canada Day celebrations exceed the traditional pancake breakfast, parade and spectacular display of fireworks - providing residents and visitors numerous options to enjoy their day.On February 3, 1947, a test sent a geyser shooting out of the drilling hole and up half the height of the drilling derrick, covering a worker with oil.The company pressed Hunter to name a date when the well could come in.Imperial acquired rights to over 200,000 acres of land southwest of Edmonton by the end of spring and began surveying the area for the best place to begin drilling.
Seismic tests produced two possible candidates: one near the village of Leduc and another farther to the southwest near Pigeon Lake.Calgary grew into a major financial centre and within two decades had the highest number of millionaires in Canada, per capita.