Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Alberta Energy Minister - Covid Lockdown Is Perfect Opportunity to Build Pipelines.

The Alberta government sees a silver lining in the Covid-19 lockdown.
With social distancing measures in place, pipeline opponents would find it hard to gather for protests, which makes this the perfect time to build a pipeline, Alberta’s Energy Minister Sonya Savage said on a podcast by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors. 
"Now is a great time to be building a pipeline because you can't have protests of more than 15 people. Let's get it built," Savage said as quoted by Bloomberg. 
The minister went on to say, "People are not going to have tolerance and patience for protests that get in the way of people working," adding, "People need jobs, and those types of ideological protests that get in the way are not going to be tolerated by ordinary Canadians." 


the salamander said...

.. In all fairness Mound.. the 'talent pool' is far beyond dismal..
all the way to the top.. and that includes Stephen Harper & a chinchilla

Troy said...

Well, this is moronic. Or suspicious. Alberta will have to pay companies by the barrel to use these pipelines, because there's no longer any profit in bitumen.

These sorts of projects are quickly becoming ways for companies to cash out by means of government handouts. A sort of bailout without calling it such.

The Disaffected Lib said...

I confess not to understand it, Sal. Perhaps they know something we don't. They may believe $100 barrel oil will be back.

The Disaffected Lib said...

Troy I think there's a lot of double-dealing in play across the oilpatch at the moment. Nikiforuk, in his latest piece in the Tyee, writes of the flush-through underway where shell companies are being used to buy a portfolio of lousy wells. They go bankrupt, handing the wells to the Orphan Wells organization. Then the original owner steps in and picks up the few performing assets for a song. All the losses are handed to the taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

In more detail on Savage, and it's even worse than what Oil Price printed.


Trailblazer said...

They may believe $100 barrel oil will be back.

Wow, a 99% subsidy.

Troy I think there's a lot of double-dealing in play across the oilpatch at the moment

The understatement of the year.

That said, just how many previously failing businesses are cashing in on the taxpayer for not just survival but prosperity?

I have hunch that history will judge this as the capitalist bailout that defines an era , or the end of one??


Anonymous said...

May as well invest in buggy whip makers. At least they'll find some used at the Stampede - oh, sorry, that's been cancelled.


The Disaffected Lib said...

Yeah, it's a Stampede-grade shit show, to be sure.

Northern PoV said...

Harper is smart but his zero EQ handicapped him.

Kenney and his low-empath crew ain't smart and can't even stick to the basic game plan of the 'shock doctrine': stealth.

rumleyfips said...

400 protester standing in front of a bulldozer catch your eye. $00 protesters marching around the Alberta sludgislator would be even more impressive. I am confident the protesters are smarter than Savage, Kenny et al.