CAODC Supports the Government of Alberta in its Efforts to Ensure Market Access for Canadian Crude

For Immediate Release: March 9, 2018

The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) is pleased that the government of Alberta has declared itself willing to use the tools at its disposal in order to see that construction of the vital Trans Mountain Expansion project begins in earnest.
In yesterday's Speech from the Throne, the Government of Alberta 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, 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."  

Recent Scotiabank estimates indicate that lack of pipeline infrastructure is costing the Canadian economy $15 billion per year or $43 million per day. 



The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) represents Canada’s drilling and service rig industry.
For further information, please contact:
Jess Sinclair
Communications Specialist—Media Relations
Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors
Phone: 587-215-6933