East Neighbourhood

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Oil Tanks

Oil · Huile · Bmide

Oil Tanks seen from Finn Hill. Photo: NORDIK Institute, 2014

Do you see the big white tanks on McNabb Street? How much do you think each tank can hold?

People used to use wood to cook, clean, and stay warm in the winter. Today we use oil for everything from fuel to clothes. It would take a forest the size of Manitoba to create the same amount of energy that Canadians consume in oil every year! Our city is also powered by the sun, the river, and the wind.

When the oil tanks were located on the St. Marys River, a direct line transferred oil from ships to the tanks. Today, oil is delivered by truck.

Challenge Yourself!

  • Test your knowledge

  • Question 1

    Which two Canadian provinces are well known for oil production?

  • Question 2

    What are some methods birds use to stay warm in the winter?

  • Question 3

    Which of these items is not made from petroleum products?

  • Did you know?

    Almost all our household items have petroleum products in them or are produced using petroleum. Why do you think this is the case?

  • You did great!

  • Think about it…

    Have you ever chopped wood to hear your house? How do you heat your home?