Kurt Richard on why he’s proud of Canada’s energy sector!

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Nationally, the oil and gas industry has a
major impact on the Canadian economy. It’s the stereotype that when oil and gas
is not doing very well, that it’s only hurting Albertans and the rest of the country doesn’t
really care, it’s a very closed mindset. The impact and the economic generation of
provinces such as Alberta or Saskatchewan, British Columbia as well, with specifically
the oil and gas sector, fuel a major, major amount of the social programs that the entire
country gets to enjoy. Something that has hurt us specifically is
again the major discount in the WCS prices we’re seeing right now, it’s leaving millions
of dollars of tax revenue on the table every day and it’s ultimately making the things
that we like to see and achieve and have at home out of reach. I’d like to talk to the stereotypes around
the oil and gas industry, specifically how the Alberta oil is the black sheep of the
economy and the world it seems, it’s just not the case. We have the Fort McMurray oil sands industry
specifically you know does have a bit of an impact on the environment in the short term, their
process of putting the environment back the way it was at the end of the life cycle of
the project is impeccable if you’ve ever had the opportunity to fly over and see some of
the areas that have been revegetated, it looks like you’re driving through a field in Montana,
right? That’s one process, but specifically a lot
of the new technology using SAGD or insitu processes it’s a very low impact on the environment.
Visibly you see from the sky if you’re flying over very small small pockets of trees that
may be removed, it’s not a big devastation to the land. When you look to see how much emissions are
being put out because of it, there isn’t smog everywhere, especially in the extraction facilities,
it’s just not the case. Most definitely, the workers of the oil industry
are just people like everybody else. They’re moms and dads and they’re sons and
daughters, uncles, aunties, they’re just people and they you know they want to have a family,
they you know to the most part they want to participate in their local community, they
just want to live their lives, no different than anybody else, and you know it starts
with having fruitful employment, having a good job, so that they can be able to do the
things that they would like to do with their lives, no different than everybody else from
one coast to another in this country. Yeah, you know, I grew up in Bonnyville, my
family was always involved in the oil and gas industry. My father was one of those hard workers like
we hear the stereotype, away from home all the time, doing what he can to support the
family, so I grew up around that, I had a dad that wasn’t home all the time, you know
but you were that much more excited when you got to see him kind of thing. And you know it resonates, we see that every
day, there’s an entire community, there’s that drive to want to go to work and do it,
and a lot of the work that we have to offer, that’s the way it is. You know, but people go away to work and they
come home or they put in long hours, even when it’s jobs that are at home every day,
they’re long hours, big hours, but that’s some of the demands that the economy has – we
have to do that work and put in that time when it’s available because it’s not a consistent
thing. So that’s one of the major challenges that
we have to deal with.

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