High oil spurs record drilling in Western Canada

Drilling for oil has hit an all-time high in Western Canada this year as companies scramble to take advantage of soaring crude prices before the muskeg thaws.

There are about 55 more rigs working this year than there were in 2007, a previous high point.

Oil prices have been strong in recent weeks, closing Wednesday at yet another record, $104.52 US, after U.S. stockpiles fell and OPEC suggested it would not boost production.

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