Albertans, and Canadians as a whole, need to stand up and demand politicians stop using oil and gas as a scapegoat and build some pipelines to help the industry.
That word from Mark Scholz, president of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, who came to Drumheller on Tuesday, March 21 to speak to a lunch meeting of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce.
"We want to correct the misinformation that is communicated by radical environmentalists, foreign celebrities and grandstanding politicians," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "Secondly, we want to give regular, hard working Canadians an opportunity to stand up for this industry and thirdly, we want to remind Canadians that the reason Canada has some of the highest living standards in the world is because we're able to consume affordable energy."
Scholz is glad to see the federal government approve expansion of the Trans-Mountain Pipeline from Edmonton refineries to Burnaby on the west coast, but he wonders why there has to be another round of regulatory reviews.
"Albertans, Canadians, have to understand that governments play a huge role in signalling to the investment community (and) to businesses across the country that Canada is open for business and we want to see growth in this industry."
"2016 was by far the worst they have ever seen (in) our industry," concluded Scholz. "Right now we're seeing elevated activity, we're seeing commodity prices stabilize (and) I would say the best way to describe what we're seeing is cautious optimism. We're not out of the woods yet, but I'm hoping we've seen a floor to the challenges that we experienced in 2016."
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