History of Underground Engineering

Ontario Canada has some serious underground networking history. In 1843 Ontario’s Underground Railroad (a major feat in underground engineering) allowed Elijah McCoy, son of parents who had escaped slavery by that very method, to be born a free Canadian. Whether out of gratitude for the engineering that freed his parents or out of some inner born interest he went on to make a study of engineering. In January of 1957 pipelines were created for the transport of natural gas and oil. June of 1957; underground water piping will soon begin supplying golf courses, water systems and skating rinks. The Ladish Company of Canada is showing off examples of nuclear power piping methods. November 15th 1966 Douglas Point delivered electricity for the first time to a hydro grid. In 1984 it was removed from service after the decision that the replacement of its pressure piping would be too costly. But it served Canada well between those years.

Even Earlier

Even before Ontario’s Underground Railroad Canada was getting their hands dirty in the oil business. Way back in 1871 the first oil exchange between Vaughn and Fairbanks took place, and in 1901 the Canadian Oil refining company was formed. There’s more going on underground sometimes than there is above ground. What with oil transport (ask the people at BP how messy that can get when compromised), the circulation of electricity, the development and delivery of nuclear power, and the delivery of gas and water to homes and businesses… imagine the catastrophe of epic proportion that would result in a major disturbance of those lines.

We rely on things that we can’t see every day. And as we all know, just because you can see something doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Before you disturb something that you didn’t know was there, check with the people who can tell you. Call before you dig.

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