PIPE NATION - An oil and gas community comes together as they navigate a changing industry.
Natallie Gamble had no problem taking on the role of a debt-ridden, single mom working in the oilpatch in the pilot for a planned new TV series called Pipe Nation.
“This is me. I am ‘Pipe Nation,'” she said with a laugh Monday during an interview with The Canadian Press in Sundre, Alta., a picturesque oil town nestled near the Rocky Mountains.
“I’ve been working in the oil and gas industry for about six years. I took a break when the bust happened and did a little serving, a little bartending. but always went back to the oil and gas,” added Gamble, who is 24.
“My father, my grandfather, and my great grandfather were all in the oil and gas industry as well.” Natallie.
Sundre is set to become the fictional community of Hardwell. The drama will focus on day-to-day hardships labourers face, with Gamble’s character as the leader of a pipe gang — workers who position and align the pipe, preparing it for the weld. In real life, Gamble has held a number of jobs in the industry including welding.
By Bill Graveland The Canadian Press
PIPE NATION is located in the boreal forests of Alberta and British Columbia.
Hardwell is a fictional town near the border of two provinces at odds with each other. Meanwhile, the camp Ashley and Ty work at is called Kilometer 72. They have just crossed over into a province whose energy values don’t align with their own and run into protests and antipathy. A single, debt-ridden mother takes a job as a pipe laborer at a remote camp near the town of Hardwell. As tensions grow between workers and neighboring communities, Ashley is challenged to protect the industry and her only source of income.
Forming an unlikely bond with a member of her crew, Ashley and Ty help one another navigate hostile working conditions and the complexities of an industry in transition. Pipe Nation is a fictional analysis of the historical, political, and economic significance of pipelines. It works to illuminate the unique relationships between individual citizens and the webs of steel which lie below.
INTERVIEW BY I'M HERE WITH, PHOTOSHOOT AND VIDEO/AUDIO BY JOSE SORIANO, AND ON SET SUPPORT BY @AYLOLAXO.