En­ergy Tour pro­vides im­por­tant in­sight into chal­lenges Southwest com­pa­nies face

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - SCOTT AN­DER­SON SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

Saskatchewan’s Min­is­ter of En­ergy and Re­sources Bron­wyn Eyre was given a first-hand look at en­ergy sec­tor com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in the re­gion dur­ing a tour through the Southwest last week.

Eyre was ac­com­pa­nied by Cy­press Hills MLA Doug Steele and Swift Cur­rent MLA Everett Hind­ley dur­ing a three-day lis­ten­ing tour on Au­gust 29 to 31. She had an op­por­tu­nity to tour a se­ries of oil and gas in­dus­try op­er­a­tions, along with vis­its to talk with mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments and RM coun­cils.

“This tour was very im­por­tant to see the in­dus­try at ground level,” Steele said of the three day tour op­por­tu­nity.

Steele, who serves as the Leg­isla­tive Sec­re­tary to the Min­is­ter of En­ergy and Re­sources, said gov­ern­ment needs to re­move im­ped­i­ments to al­low en­ergy com­pa­nies to take ad­van­tage of op­por­tu­ni­ties when eco­nomic con­di­tions im­prove.

“That’s where we need to hear from in­dus­try so that we can make the de­ci­sions that are the right de­ci­sions that don’t put in­dus­try at a dis­ad­van­tage of do­ing business in Saskatchewan,” he said.

Eyre, who took over the helm of the En­ergy and Re­sources back in Fe­bru­ary, said the lis­ten­ing tour pro­vided her with some key in­sights into some of the is­sues fac­ing com­pa­nies in the Southwest.

“We know that there’s some work to be done, and I’ve heard some of that the last cou­ple of days - so land recla­ma­tion, or­phan wells, in­surance, tax - so its been a lis­ten­ing tour.”

SCOTT AN­DER­SON/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

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