If you’ve ever wanted a glimpse inside the life of an oilfield worker a local man has the story for you: “Alternative Energy.”
Medicine Hat author Marc Bauer tells a story of a young man from the Gas City, his journey, the demons he faces and the fight he puts up to regain what he has lost. Bauer says the story is based loosely on his own life but should be considered fiction spiced up for the reader’s benefit.
“Alternative Energy starts out in Medicine Hat with a kid who gets out of high school and goes to work in the oilfield. . . one of his cousins gets him started on the rigs,” explains Bauer. “He has to move to Calgary and has quite a few experiences up there, gets out onto the rigs, finds a girlfriend, buys a condo, buys a fancy truck . . . then things turn south. The relationship breaks up with a big controversy and he finds his life needs to take a different path.”
The millwright-turned-author has spent numerous years away from home and a normal schedule. He admits he has a love-hate relationship with the oil and gas industry.
“When I started writing this book I was sitting in an office up in the oilsands. I had climbed the ladder to the point where I was a manager or supervisor but had realized I didn’t want the guy’s job above me and I couldn’t just sit up there anymore,” says Bauer. “When you get out of school and into the industry everything is exciting. You make good money and travel to all of these small towns but the excitement wears off fast.”
Bauer says “Alternative Energy” means to make its readers consider the incredible toll working in the oil and gas industry can have on an individual or family. Bauer promises a first-hand look at the underbelly of the industry which promises a fast track to personal ruin.
The book, in hard cover, will also be available for purchase at Hat News and Tobacco or Salon Purity.