Drilling group calls on Alberta, Ottawa to show sector more respect

CALGARY -- A drilling industry group is calling on the federal and Alberta governments to do more to stick up for oil and gas workers.

See Full Article

Mark Scholz, head of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, says 100,000 people are out of work in the oil and gas industry -- the equivalent of one in six.

Scholz says the group isn't asking for a handout, but wants both levels of government to speak out more vocally in favour of market-opening pipelines.

He adds that there's too much misinformation being circulated about the industry's environmental record.

The association has launched a new campaign called "Oil Respect" that includes bumper stickers, petitions and an encouragement for people to write their political leaders.

It also wants Feb. 13 to be recognized next year as Oil and Gas Awareness Day in Alberta, marking the 70th anniversary of striking oil in Leduc, Alta.

"Oil workers aren't just losing their jobs -- families are losing their homes, businesses are going bankrupt. Over the past several weeks, I have read countless stories of families who are going through incredibly difficult times," said Scholz.

"Our industry is not asking for a government handout but we are asking for an honest discussion and we are asking for respect for an industry that has done so much to make Canada the best country in the world."

He adds that as the industry contends with the worst economic conditions since the 1980s, it's also fighting a new trend of "misinformed criticism, celebrity activists, media elites, some politicians and environmental radicals."



Advertisements

Latest Economic News

  • U.S. internet service providers get OK to sell user data, but what about Canada?

    Economic CBC News
    Privacy protections designed to prevent U.S. internet service providers from sharing or selling subscribers' personal information with third parties — without permission — were dismantled by U.S. Congress on Tuesday. It means that information about the apps American internet subscribers use, the websites they visit, and the things they purchase online — among other things — can potentially be tracked, shared, and monetized by third parties, unless those users opt out. Source
  • Marijuana producers lobby government ahead of legalization

    Economic CTV News
    TORONTO - Several licensed marijuana producers have penned a letter to Ottawa, urging the federal government to allow them to brand their products and provide medical cannabis on a tax-free basis. The seven producers - Tilray, Tweed, Mettrum, CannTrust, Green Organic Dutchman Holdings, RedeCan Pharm and Delta 9 Bio-Tech - are lobbying the government ahead of the week of April 10, when legislation legalizing recreational use of the drug is expected to be introduced. Source
  • Asian stocks lower after Wall Street falters

    Economic CTV News
    HONG KONG - Asian stocks are drifting lower on Thursday after a lacklustre performance on Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei 225 index dipped 0.3 per cent to 19,167.86 and South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.3 per cent to 2,161.05. Source
  • B.C. envoy says the window is open slightly for softwood lumber deal with U.S.

    Economic CTV News
    VICTORIA -- British Columbia's softwood trade envoy says there's a slight opportunity to quickly negotiate a new lumber agreement between Canada and the United States, but if a deal can't be reached by the summer or fall it could mean a lengthy fight. Source
  • Lululemon shares drop after weak outlook

    Economic CBC News
    Shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc. fell sharply in after-hours trading Wednesday after the athletic-inspired sportswear company delivered a weak outlook for the current quarter. The Vancouver-based company says it earned $136.1 million US, or 99 cents per share, for the three months that ended Jan. Source
  • Cenovus Energy buying most of ConocoPhillips's Canadian assets for $17.7B

    Economic CTV News
    CALGARY -- Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) announced Wednesday it will spend $17.7 billion to acquire most of the Canadian assets of ConocoPhillips, making the Houston-based company the latest international player to reduce its exposure to the oilsands. Source
  • Cenovus Energy buying most of ConocoPhillips' Canadian assets for $17.7B

    Economic CBC News
    Cenovus Energy of Calgary says it will spend $17.7 billion to acquire most of the Canadian assets of ConocoPhillips, making the Houston-based company the latest international player to exit the oilsands. Cenovus CEO Brian Ferguson is calling it a "transformational acquisition. Source
  • Canadian coal production hit three-decade low last year as demand wanes

    Economic CTV News
    CALGARY -- The National Energy Board says Canadian coal production dropped to a three-decade low last year as demand waned. Production came in at 60.4 million tonnes, a 12 per cent decline since 2013, and well off the peak of about 79 million tonnes reached in 1997, the NEB said Wednesday. Source
  • Etihad Airways responds to laptop ban with free iPad and Wi-Fi for 1st class

    Economic CBC News
    One Middle Eastern airline targeted by new U.S. rules banning computers on certain flights has responded by offering first and business class passengers complimentary use of a tablet computer with internet access while on board. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways made the announcement on Wednesday, noting that so-called Premium passengers will be welcome to use the service as of Monday. Source
  • Sask. premier invites Calgary energy companies to move to Saskatchewan

    Economic CBC News
    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is taking a turf war with Alberta to its economic heart, inviting energy companies based in Calgary to move their headquarters to his province. In a letter to Whitecap Resources, Wall offers to subsidize relocation costs, trim taxes and royalties and help find space in unused government buildings if the oil and gas firm moves to Saskatchewan. Source