E-Petition Calls On Federal Government To Champion Oil And Gas Industry

Shannon Stubbs, MP for Lakeland (Alberta), officially presented an e-petition in the House of Commons calling upon the federal government to vocally support the oil and gas industry, new pipelines across Canada, and hundreds of thousands of employed and unemployed oil workers, the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) announced this morning.

The petition was signed by 34,537 Canadians from across the country and represents one of the highest signed House of Commons e-petitions in history, the CAODC noted.

Mark Scholz, president of the CAODC and spokesperson for Oil Respect, a campaign demanding respect for Canadian oil and gas workers, families and businesses stated: “The majority of Canadians are not activists or paid protesters. The fact that this is one of the highest signed e-petitions reaffirms that the majority of Canadians support the oil and gas sector, and support pipelines provided they are built and managed responsibly.”

“Canada is a world leader in the responsible development of its oil and gas resources and I see this firsthand in the field,” added Bernard Hancock, an oil and gas worker struggling to find employment in the downturn. “I want my government to champion the men and women who work hard to make our industry the best in the world.”

David Lefebvre, director general of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association, said: “It is important to understand how crucial it is for our industry to bring its products efficiently to markets, and how much economic activity depends on it. This is true for producers, would be producers, and the entire value chain of our industry.”

Pipelines are the safest method of transportation for petroleum products, the CADOC stated, adding that a lack of pipelines to new markets means Canada receives far less than world prices and is required to import oil from countries with lower environmental, labour and human rights standards.