March 12, 2018
The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) is standing shoulder to shoulder with Alberta in its fight with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline dispute.
In a press release from the CAODC, it applauded Alberta’s throne speech, where the Government pledged to “stand against recent attempts by the Government of British Columbia to obstruct the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
“While we sincerely hope that the Government of B.C. comes to its senses and ends its efforts to impede the expansion project,” continues the statement, “we are supportive of the Alberta government’s proposal that it will pursue a number of options, including cutting oil exports to B.C.”
“I want to reiterate that an ongoing trade conflict with B.C. is not a desirable outcome for anyone, but tidewater access for Canadian crude products is just too important an issue to back down from,” says CAODC President Mark Scholz. “The twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline was federally approved in November of 2016, more than a year ago, and the NEB and federal policymakers have asserted that the project is in the national interest. We applaud the Government of Alberta’s bold leadership in standing up for Canada’s oil and gas industry by supporting critical market access for Canadian energy products.”
A recent Scotiabank study estimates that the lack of pipeline infrastructure is costing the Canadian economy $15 billion per year, or $43 million per day.