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 Oil Heritage Study 

The Village of Oil Springs and the Township of Enniskillen, in partnership with the County of Lambton, undertook a study to help the notable areas within their municipalities achieve the status of an Ontario Heritage Conservation District. This designation is achieved through Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and would preserve heritage structures and industrial archaeological sites.

To achieve this goal, the municipalities worked with local landowners and local historians to produce research and a report. Consultants, including representatives from MHBC Planning, Historical Research Limited and George Robb Architect, undertook a comprehensive inventory of the scale and scope of the resources.

Oil Heritage Conservation District Plan
The Oil Heritage Conservation District Plan was adopted by Lambton County Council on November 24, 2010.  The final plan is posted below.  Questions regarding any of the documents can be directed to:

 

Ben Puzanov, MCIP, RPP
Manager, Planning and Development Services
Ben.Puzanov@county-lambton.on.ca
519 845-0809, ext. 5342

 

Andrew Meyer
Corporate Cultural Officer, Cultural Services
Andrew.Meyer@county-lambton.on.ca
519 845-0809, ext. 5236

 Oil Heritage Conservation District Plan Documents

Conservation District Plan.pdf
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Conservation District Study Appendix.pdf
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Conservation District Study Text.pdf
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Heritage Conservation District Feasibility Study for the Town of Petrolia.pdf
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Oil Heritage District Steering Committee

The Oil Heritage District Steering Committee met regularly to review the Consultants' research and discuss potential guidelines for consideration by the public and by Lambton County Council. Members included:

Name

Title

email address

Betty Lou Snetselaar

Lambton County Historical Society

 

Charles Fairbank

Fairbank Oil Properties

 

Christine Poland

Clerk-Treasurer, Village of Oil Springs

oilsprings@ciaccess.com  

Connie Bell

Supervisor, Oil Museum of Canada

 

Dave Posliff

Manager, County of Lambton Planning & Development Services Department

dave.posliff@county-lambton.on.ca

Dawn-Marie Gates

Oil Springs Heritage Advisory Committee

 

Duncan McTavish

Administrator - Clerk, Township of Enniskillen

dmctavish@enniskillen.ca

Gordon Perry

Oil Springs

gordandmargaretperry@ciaccess.com 

Martin Dillon

Petrolia Heritage Committee

Mary-Pat Gleeson

Councillor, Town of Petrolia

 

Robert Tremain    

General Manager, Cultural Services

robert.tremain@county-lambton.on.ca  

Ruth Kernohan

Lambton County Historical Society

 

Advisory (non-voting) Members:

  • Wendy Shearer, MHBC Planning
  • Darren Winger, Ministry of Culture
  • Christopher Andrae, Golder Associates
  • Paul King, Ministry of Culture
  • Ron Dale, Parks Canada

 

Minutes from the committee meetings are listed below.

 Oil Heritage Study Committee Minutes

April 2, 2008.pdf
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August 4, 2009.pdf
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December 15, 2008.pdf
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February 24, 2009.pdf
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July 22, 2008.pdf
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June 16, 2009.pdf
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May 11, 2009.pdf
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May 28, 2008.pdf
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Sept 14, 2010 Public Meeting.pdf
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Community Meeting - May 11, 2009
A Community Meeting was held on May 11, 2009 at the Oil Springs Youth Centre. At this meeting, consultants explained the research undertaken to date.    The following maps were presented for discussion at the meeting, and show three options for defining potential Heritage Conservation District boundaries.

The first map, "Limits of Oil Pool", shows a boundary based on the natural limit of the underground resource pool on which the industry was based.  All successful wells were located within this boundary.

 Limits of Oil Pool

The second map, "Potential Heritage Area", shows the same oil pool boundary, but uses property lines as the boundaries because they are more visible on the ground and are easier to define.

 Oil Springs Potential Heritage Area

The third map, "Potential Contributing and Sequential Heritage Areas", includes the potential district as defined on the second map, but would add other areas that have either contributed directly to the significance of the Oil Springs field (Plank Road, Oil City and the Wyoming railhead), or followed as a further development of the industry (Petrolia).

 Potential Contributing and Sequential Heritage Areas