Dimensions: 296 pages, 9.55 × 6.44 × 0.98 in
Published: October 23, 2001
Publisher: Macfarlane, Walter & Ross
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1551990539
ISBN - 13: 9781551990538
From the Publisher
Winner of the 2002 Arthur Ellis Award for Best True
Winner of the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize
Finalist for the 2002 Governor General''s Literary Award for
Finalist for the Wilfred Eggleston Award for
At Trickle Creek in northern Alberta, Wiebo Ludwig thought he'd
buffered his tiny religious community from civilization, but in
1990 civilization came calling. A Calgary oil company proposed to
drill directly in view of the farm's communal dining room.
Ludwig hadn't realized his land ownership didn't include mineral
rights. He wrote letters, petitioned, forced public hearings, and
discovered the provincial regulator cared little about landowners.
After the oil company accidentally vented raw sour gas, Ludwig's
wife miscarried. Nearby parcels of land were clear-cut. Ludwig's
northern boundary became a highway for semi-trailers loaded with
drilling equipment. Seismic crews raced up and down his road. More
sour gas wells popped up. People defending their property rights
gradually turned into monkeywrenching terrorists.
Hostilities began with nails on the roads, sabotaged well sites,
and road blockades. They culminated in death threats, shootings,
and bombings. The Mounties recruited a Ludwig acolyte as an
informant, and in an attempt to establish the man's credibility the
RCMP itself blew up an equipment shack at a well site.
Ludwig was eventually charged with 19 different counts of mischief,
vandalism and possession of explosives and later convicted on five
While he was out on bail, joyriding teenagers went to Trickle Creek
at four o''clock one morning. Someone fired at one of the pickups,
killing 16-year-old Karman Willis. Despite a lengthy investigation,
the RCMP has not laid charges.
This is a taut, careful work of nonfiction that reads like a
thriller and raises unsettling questions about individual rights,
corporate power, police methods, and government accountability. The
reader comes to question whether Wiebo Ludwig can be dismissed as a
zealot. And to ask: What would I have done in his shoes?
About the Author
Andrew Nikiforuk''s work as a journalist - for
such magazines as Saturday Night, Maclean''s,
Canadian Business, Report on Business Magazine,
Georgia Straight, and Equinox - has earned him
four National Magazine Awards, the Atkinson Fellowship in Public
Policy, and top honors from the Association of Canadian
Journalists. His best-selling book School''s Out: The
Catastrophe in Public Education and What Parents Can Do About
It was shortlisted for the Gordon Montador Award for writing
on issues of key social interest. He lives with his wife and three
sons in Calgary.
"The most important non-fiction book released in Canada this
"Saboteurs presents a grisly catalogue of the effects of
hydrogen sulphide and flaring…Nikiforuk privides an eloquent and
persuasive voice for all downwinders."
-Globe and Mail
"Andrew Nikiforuk does a masterful job of taking the reader,
step-by-crucial step, through an extremely complex story. He builds
a real mystery thriller out of a slice of someone''s life - a
difficult, acrimonious someone, but someone nevertheless."
-Wayne Skene, Edmonton Journal