OIL SPRINGS, ON
COUNTY OF LAMBTON
CULTURAL HERITAGE LANDSCAPE, CONSERVATION PLANNING
GEORGE ROBB ARCHITECT
The story of the development of the oil fields in southwestern Ontario is unique to Canada. Oil has been extracted in Lambton County for the past 150 years, making the fields within the Oil Springs and Enniskillen Township unlike any other industrial operation in Canada for continuity of use. Parts of the oil fields are designated as a National Historic Site.
MHBC's project team led by Wendy Shearer studied this industrial landscape with the goal to document and conserve existing resources within the Study Area under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act. The Heritage Conservation District Plan and its method of implementation respect the nature of the oil field as an ongoing, operating place of industry and employment. The Plan seeks to conserve the key elements of the continuing cultural landscape and the operating equipment. Extensive consultation with the community and the oil field operators has resulted in a willingness to respect the ongoing methods of operation, while allowing continued resourcefulness in extracting a finite resource from the earth in an efficient and economical manner. The Heritage Conservation District Plan was enacted in January 2011.