What's Pumpin' In the Patch! (March 12th)

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oil & gas prices as of 11:00am on march 12th

West Texas Intermediate - 56.98 (UP from 55.56 Feb. 26th)
Brent Crude - 66.76 (UP from 65.31 Feb. 26th)
Western Canadian Select - 45.94 (UP from 42.73 Feb. 26th)
Canadian Crude - 45.18 (UP from 43.27 Feb. 26th)
Natural Gas - 2.773 (down from 2.808 last week)

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What's Pumpin' In the Patch! (February 26)

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oil & gas prices as of NOON on February 26th

West Texas Intermediate - 55.56 (down from 56.87 last week)
Brent Crude - 65.31 (down from 66.94 last week)
Western Canadian Select - 42.73 (down from 46.51 last week)
Canadian Crude - 43.27 (Up 1.76%)
Natural Gas - 2.808 (UP from 2.725 last week)

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Industry Professionals and Local MP React to NEB Recommendation for the Trans Mountain Pipeline

The National Energy Board released their reconsideration report on the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline concluding to the federal government the project should move ahead. The NEB stated that the project is of national interest, however, their recommendation was accompanied with 156 conditions that would have to be met for the project to see completion, in addition, 16 recommendations were made to the federal government as extra considerations to review.

This recommendation, although recent, is not the first time the NEB has recommended to the federal government that the project should be approved. According the NEB website, the same recommendation for approval was stated and at that time, had 157 conditions attached to the project.

Oil industry members, such as the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC), and politicians including, MP for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, David Anderson, said they are not optimistic that the announcement will have any bearing on the forward momentum of the pipeline expansion.

In addition to the NEB recommending approval in 2016, the CAODC stated in a press release last week that this is all news we’ve heard before, even in the recent past.

“What we heard today – that the TMX should be built and is in Canada’s national interest – is exactly what we heard when the federal government purchased the project in 2018,”said Mark Scholz, CAODC president and CAO. “This black hole of approvals sends a confusing message to industry investors, and the international oil and gas market.”

MP David Anderson wasn’t anymore enthused about the news, “The federal government has no intention of getting this pipeline built, this 155 day revision process by the NEB was instructed by the federal government, and they have come to the same conclusion they have before”.

Anderson continued by saying, he believes the federal government is going to, “play games until we can’t get it done”. He explained that the industry is already seeing the shrinking of foreign investment, which can create long-term impact as then the pipeline wouldn’t be needed as development project would be stagnant as no one is putting money into our energy.

Additionally, Anderson said if it goes too far, Canada would be using the pipelines to bring energy up here instead of the other way which, he stated “would be a complete disaster for us”.

Bill C-69, among others including Bill C-68 and Bill C-48, all still have the ability to stop the projects in it’s tracks and Anderson said, these are where people need to continue to focus their energy and to have fair debates and hearings regarding the details of these Bills.


Kindersley Local Returning Home After Joining Ottawa Bound Convoy

A local resident and business owner is making his way back west after joining the United We Roll convoy to Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Kyle Wollenhaupt attended the Ag & Oil Forum in Kindersley earlier this month and joined the convoy as a way to show his support for the opposition of Bill C-69, Bill C-48 and the federally imposed carbon tax. His wife Amanda and one daughter, Brittany, joined him on the trip that he said, “has been exhausting but very worth it”.

It was popular opinion that the convoy may not receive the same level of support in Ontario that they had felt in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, however, Wollenhaupt said they were overwhelmed with support and encouragement across all provinces, including Ontario.

“There was support all the way, there were people standing out in the cold waving flags, kids were there, one Native reserve we went through, they shot off fireworks for us, it was amazing support we got all the way through,” said Wollenhaput.

There were approximately 169 trucks participating throughout the entire trip from the west with more joining the convoy from the eastern provinces to have a total of approximately 200 people forming the crowd on Parliament Hill.

It was reported that Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was in Parliament during the first day of their visit but did not address the crowd, however, Wollenhaupt said they did hear from many political figures who shared their message, including Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer.

Although Wollenhaupt said they did what they set out to do, to unite Canada and to have their voices heard, he mentioned some of the media, he felt, was misinterpreting the situation.

“A lot of it has been misinterpreted in the news, we’ve been censored, everything has been cut and paste. They were trying to show these yellow vests that travelled with us as racist, it wasn’t that way. The yellow vest movement that came with us were respectful, it was never racially charged. It was peaceful, we just wanted to get everybody together and unite Canada,” said Wollenhaupt.

Additionally, he stated that another large misconception was the GoFundMe page that was set up to receive funds to help pay for the convoy.

Many were accusing the page on not being true to where the money was going and Wollenhaupt proclaimed that could not be farther from the truth. He added that one of the organizers for the convoy, currently had spent $30,000 out of his own pocket to ensure the travellers were getting what they needed. Wollenhaupt said these funds would be refunded to him through the GoFundMe page once they are released but reiterated how it showed the level of selflessness on the part of the organizers.

Wollenhaupt and his family are now making the long drive back to Saskatchewan where he says he will continue to show his support to the cause anyway he can.



Carbon Tax Arguments Over; Now Waiting For The Decision

Arguments are over in a Regina courtroom, and now the decision on the future of a federally imposed carbon tax is in the hands of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeals.

The judges heard arguments from the provincial government and concerned parties intervening on their behalf on Wednesday, and Thursday it was the chance for the federal government to present their case.

The province is challenging the carbon tax on grounds it is unconstitutional.

“We think the proper position for our province to take is not to have a carbon tax that singles out our province,” said Saskatchewan Justice Minister Don Morgan. “We think the right thing to do would be to sit down and work with all of the provinces and develop good alternatives to reduce carbon emissions.”

The judges hearing the case have reserved their decision. Many are hoping they deliver the decision by April when the carbon tax would take effect. However, it could take up to six months or a year before the decision is finalized.


SOURCE: Steven Wilson, DiscoverWeyburn.com

Stoughton Area Generates Top Dollar per Hectare in Latest Crown Land Sales

Crown petroleum and natural gas rights sales raised a total of $10.2 million dollars for the province in February.

Two parcels consisting of 64.7 hectares each generated the top dollars per hectare in this public offering; located northeast of Stoughton, they were purchased by Synergy Land Services Ltd. for roughly $3,200 per hectare and are prospective for oil in the Bakken Formation. The average price per hectare was $596 for this period, up from $316 in 2017-18.

Two exploration licences in the Estevan area were purchased for over $900,000. One licence, worth nearly $850,000, was located northeast of Estevan, and purchased by BASM Land & Resources Ltd. The other exploration licence, north of Gainsborough, was purchased by Burgess Creek Exploration Inc. for $60,389.09.  

This was the sixth and final offering of the 2018-19 fiscal year, bringing the cumulative total to $57.5 million.

Kindersley Ag and Oil Forum Looking to Be Heard with Letters to the Senate

This afternoon an Oil and Ag forum was held in Kindersley for supporters of the agriculture and oil sectors.  Guest speakers included Rick Peterson of Suits and Boots, MLA Ken Francis and researcher-writer Vivian Krause.  During the event attendees were able to sign letters that organisers intend to send to the Canadian Senate during discussions for Bill C-69. 

Many people braved -40 degree temperatures to make the trip to Kindersley to show their support.


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The letter attendees signed during the Ag and Oil Resources Forum



Organizer Darla Dorsett spoke about the the purpose of the letters "By having these letters prepared, it's not a petition, it's a letter to the senators, so that our voice in the west is heard and so no one can deny that we haven't done something".


Saskatchewan's Response to Supreme Court Ruling on Abandoned Oil Wells

The Saskatchewan government is backing a recent Supreme Court ruling which prohibits oil companies from abandoning their environmental responsibilities in the event of bankruptcy or insolvency.

After an Alberta based energy company attempted to walk away from inactive wells following insolvency, recent court proceedings established that environmental regulations are to be the responsibility of the oil company in question. Doug MacKnight, Assistant Deputy Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas with the Ministry of Energy and Resources, stated that given the alternative course of action in regards to orphaned wells, this is a good decision.

In Saskatchewan, when a well is abandoned, the clean up and environmental responsibilities are in the hands of the Orphan Fund Procurement Program through the provincial government and funded by a levy within the oil and gas industry. MacKnight said in the current fiscal year, the number of orphaned wells rang in at approximately 249, which is slightly higher than previous years but still manageable through the program.

The cost to properly decommission an orphan well can range from $50,000 all the way to $1 million, with last year’s provincial budget partitioning $4 million for the Orphan Fund Procurement Program.

MacKnight explained the decision by the Supreme Court may have saved the consumer-paid levy from rising. If oil companies were able to walk-away from inactive wells and the Orphan Fund Procurement Program saw an increase, that would be reflected back in the levy which would ultimately come out of theSa pocket of the consumer.

The ruling now gives companies clear and concise rules and regulations moving forward and MacKnight added that it was a decision that had the support of many in the industry, including oil companies.

Why You Should Decommission Your Old Wells

Drilled or bored wells that are no longer being used, pose health and safety concerns that could be avoided by properly decommissioning the well. Old wells that are no longer serving their original purpose should be properly decommissioned to avoid potentially contaminating your current water source and causing injuries to people and animals alike.

Kerry Lowndes with Agri-Environmental Technical Services through the South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards, said that water quality and physical safety are the two main concerns that should entice producers, RM’s and anyone with an open unused well to get it decommissioned.

Lowndes stated that it is not uncommon for someone to be walking along and accidentally step in to the hole and for the very young or elderly, this could cause potentially severe injuries. Same holds true for animals, cats, dogs, calves, any wildlife and livestock would also be susceptible to stepping into the old well and could very easily break a leg or worse.

Secondly, water quality can be concerning if an old well is not properly decommissioned. There are variables that could compromise your current water quality, including proximity of the old well to the new well and if it is down hill where runoff carrying chemicals and other harmful substances could empty into. These factors increase the chance that those contaminants are making their way into your water system you are currently using.

If you stop using a well and do not plan on using it in the future, Lowndes encourages residents to take care of it at that time as you likely may be the only one that knows where the well is. Others may literally stumble across it, or if the property is sold, old wells are not included on the land reports and therefore could be putting the new owners in harm's way.

Through the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program, funding is available to help offset the costs associated with decommissioning a well. The government program allows eligible projects a rebate of 90 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum payment of $10,000 per project. For more information on this funding, you can view the details here.

Lowndes along with other professionals were available during a Water Well Workshop in Leader last week, to answer not only questions regarding proper decommissioning but also what to look for when choosing a well site and maintenance as well. For more information on upcoming workshops or to learn more about decommissioning wells, you can contact Kerry Lowndes at 306-460-4987.

Recognizing Excellence in the Oil Industry

The West Central Saskatchewan Oilmen’s Association presented their Oilman Of The Year award for 2018 to Trent and Carey Herner of Precision Instrumentation, a company who has been a part of the Kindersley and area oil industry for over 20 years. 

Curtis Sackville, secretary for the West Central Oilmen’s Association (WCSOA), shared what the award signifies and why the Herner’s were so deserving.

“The award is to recognize those within the oil sector for their contributions to the industry, going above and beyond in their work and also who give back to the community and are really just a good representation of the oil industry. A lot of times we just do what we do, sometimes with not a lot of acknowledgement for going the extra mile. It’s important to give credit where credit is due and these two guys have added value to both the community and the industry and are more than deserving of this award,” said Sackville.

Many in the area may be well aware of the two events put on by the WCSOA, the bonspiel that just took place and the golf tournament coming up in May, however, there is more to the association then the semi-annual gatherings. “It’s about comradery, it’s about bringing people of the oil industry together and putting a face to the name and really just letting every guy and girl know that we have each others back. It’s about building relationships and giving support to those that maybe we don’t work directly with everyday, but are still apart of an industry that is so vital to our area and Canada,” said Sackville.

Comradery by definition is: the spirit of friendship and community in a group, those who keep each other upbeat despite the difficulty of their circumstances...A close friend or fellow soldier, someone who comes to mind when you say, “we are in this together”.

Given the current state of the industry, Sackville added that this is the time to stick together and show our support for everyone in the industry. He said that they are always looking for more people to come out to the events and have fun with those they share the industry with and that they hope to grow the numbers at each event, not only for the industry support aspect, but as Sackville stated, “anyone who’s been.. knows they’re a pretty good time..”.

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