Remembering Atlantic no.3
On March 8th 1948, the Atlantic No. 3 well came in with a 150-foot gusher. As the well continued to blow, a number of unsuccessful attempts to block the flow of oil and gas were made. On April 7th, cement pumps forced 11,300 sacks of cement into the hole. When this didn’t work, ten thousand pounds of feathers, 28 tons of redwood fibre, 55 tons of cottonseed hulls, balsam fibre and mud were pumped into the hole on May 8th. Once again, attempts to block the flow of oil and gas failed. It wasn’t until September 6th 1948, months after Imperial Oil had been recruited to help end the crisis, that the well was accidentally ignited. The derrick toppled over at 6:20 pm, at which point clean-up efforts began. To learn more about Atlantic No. 3 and other stories relating to
Canada’s energy history, visit the Leduc #1 Museum and Energy Discovery Centre!