The Hemisphere: Barreling Along

Western Canada gave a significant sign last week of its growing independence in the oil business. The Dominion's second largest producer, British American Oil Co., Ltd., announced that it was reducing its imports of U.S. crude by 2,500 barrels a day, would cut them twice as much by month's end.

The announcement came almost two years to the day (Feb. 13, 1947) after Alberta's famed Leduc well had started production. In those two years Alberta's output had risen to 45,000 barrels a day, was just a shade short of meeting the average daily oil requirements (55,000 barrels) of Canada's three prairie provinces.

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