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Importance of oil and gas in our daily life

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You lazily hit the snooze button a couple of times, then decide to face the inevitable and get your butt out of bed. You then pick up your toothbrush, squeeze some toothpaste and brush those pearly whites. You quickly spray on some deodorant, change into work wear and hastily put some gel in your hair, you are now ready to roll!

Most of us have similar mornings to this, quite hectic and following a usual routine using a variety of products each day.

Why oil is important

In the above example, basically, every product used in the morning routine was made from oil and natural gas components, from the alarm clock, eyeglasses, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hair gel, clothing, components of a car, the gas inside it, the asphalt to make our paved roads, along with numerous others not listed. Can you imagine a day without a cell phone? A car, bus, or train you took to work? The airplane you took to arrive on your last vacation?

  • The system will help geoscientists examine and interact with 3D models of the Earth;
  • While we have only seen a snapshot of life without our major industry, the reality would be much worse, the cost of healthcare, education and taxes to name a few would surely increase;
  • Natural gas is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel, and it produces roughly half as much carbon dioxide and an even smaller fraction of other emission generated by coal.

When people typically think of oil they think of the fuel in their cars, and natural gas for heating their homes. The list of other items produced from crude oil is endless.

  1. Technology has increased the success rate of finding commercial oil or gas deposits with less waste and a smaller impact on the surface.
  2. A car, bus, or train you took to work?
  3. In deep wells, oil-based drilling mud is used because water-based mud cannot stand up to the higher temperatures and conditions encountered.
  4. Production begins after drilling is finished.

The energy industry is also responsible for many other benefits, besides consumer goods and transportation, that will soon be highlighted. One perspective from Energy In Depth 2016, demonstrates how heavily the healthcare industry relies on petroleum products to save and positively impact lives everyday.

Modern medicine uses equipment such as pacemakers, MRI machines, wheelchairs, and monitors which are all constructed from petroleum products. Other items comprised of crude oil include anesthetics, IVs, latex gloves, sterilization trays, scrubs, and disposal bins, all of which are used in hospitals every day.

Adventures in Energy

As Canadians, we are lucky to enjoy a high quality of life, that is possible from the natural resources our energy industry produces According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers 2017the oil and gas industry supplies approximately 425,000 direct and indirect jobs in Canada. Widely known as our primary industry, it has taken a major hit these last couple years with the crash of oil.

This has caused much hardship with thousands of layoffs, stagnant growth, and reduced investment. This downturn though unfortunate, has shown us a taste of what Canada would be like without the support from our major industry, without jobs, reduced investment, we will be lacking significant economic contributions.

  • As Canadians, we are lucky to enjoy a high quality of life, that is possible from the natural resources our energy industry produces According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers 2017 , the oil and gas industry supplies approximately 425,000 direct and indirect jobs in Canada;
  • Drilling Process In simplified terms, the drilling process uses a motor, either at the surface or downhole, to turn a string of pipe with a drill bit connected to the end;
  • During this time period, geologists and engineers knew about other large quantities of hydrocarbons trapped in rocks with even smaller and more complex pores, but were unable to harness the resource—the oil and gas flowed too slowly or not at all from these rocks;
  • Although it is tempting to think of oil and gas reservoirs as large pools and wells with giant straws that suck the fluid to the surface, oil and gas is actually locked inside the rocks like water in a sponge;
  • If oil or gas is not found in commercial quantities, the well is called a dry hole.

Without these additional funds, the price to Canadians would be a substantial increase to the cost of healthcare, education and taxes. Our Canadian energy sector is proudly committed to the highest safety and environmental standards, some of the strictest in the world.

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The dilemma right now is the logistics involved in getting our products to the desired markets. Transcanada 2017 Picture Source: The oil and gas industry offers us more than just the gas in our cars and the energy that heats our homes. We would truly be lost without technology and the products we use day-to-day.

  • The energy industry is also responsible for many other benefits, besides consumer goods and transportation, that will soon be highlighted;
  • These cracks are then propped open with sand to allow a highly conductive passage through which the oil or gas can flow;
  • The petroleum industry has developed technologies to minimize the environmental effects of the drilling fluids it uses, recycling as much as possible.

While we have only seen a snapshot of life without our major industry, the reality would be much worse, the cost of healthcare, education and taxes to name a few would surely increase.

We have seen it before and we will see it again, when the energy industry thrives, Canada reaps the benefits. To continue as a prosperous nation, we need to become educated citizens and help support our major industry that provides us with endless benefits.