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I would like to start by thanking everyone here that have gone above and beyond in making so much information available.
I have been working in the Alberta oil industry for about 5 years now. That's long enough as far as i'm concerned. Now I'm not really that environmental. In fact i'm a bit of a redneck that drives a truck that's probably bigger than it needs to be. However I have never thrown anything into the woods, I always leave the forest the same as I found it and I pick up any trash i see while i'm in the bush. Living where I do I just don't see all the pollution so many of you from around the world are surrounded by. Its a strange situation to be in where your directly involved with the industry that is destroying the planet yet almost entirely removed from those consequences. Perhaps I allowed this fact to blind me in a lot of ways to what we are doing up here. Recently I was on a site that was being reclaimed and saw the excavator pull several barrels out of the ground. Some were filled with some very nasty chemicals. I don't know what that snotty crap was that was leaking out of them but it really, really bothered me. The area where we were working was uphill and not too far away from a river I had fished in many times and this crap could very well have found its way into a fish i had eaten, that my family have eaten, that my grandfather who died of cancer had eaten. That relization started me down a path that eventually led me here.
My Parents recently bought the family acreage from my grandmother and have 60 acres give or take to play around with, its a beautiful site, situated on the western facing side of a valley in north central Alberta. Access to lots of water, free farm and lumber waste, and heavy machinery. I'm in the process of moving to the property to begin my journey to self sufficiency. I would greatly appreciate any advice or nudges in the right direction. Thanks guys.

Also i'm just curious if there's anyone here from Athabasca, or Westlock counties.
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Howdy Kevin, welcome to permies ! There is tons of information here so dig in and ask any questions you might have as they come up.
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Hi Kevin

I'm down in Lethbridge and looking at early retirement in a year or so. Currently in search of suitable land and community. I'd prefer the BC interior but staying in Alberta has certain financial advantages. What is it that you are looking to do?

Doody calls. I would really rather that it didn't. Comfort me wise and sterile tiny ad:
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