Canada Braid: Another battle looming with Ottawa over worker transition from oil and gas

07:17  22 july  2021
07:17  22 july  2021 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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Two years after promising a “just transition ” for oil and gas workers and on the verge of an anticipated fall federal election marketing campaign, the Liberals are taking the primary steps towards a transition plan for workers . Stafford estimates that over the subsequent 25 years, many jobs within the oilpatch will disappear and the federal government might want to spend a minimum of billion a 12 months to assist the retraining and relocation of workers . Mike Vickers, an operations supervisor within the oilsands close to Fort McMurray, mentioned he would not consider the oil and gas trade goes

Two years after promising a “just transition ” for oil and gas workers and on the verge of an anticipated fall federal election campaign, the Liberals are taking the first steps toward a transition plan for workers . It’s a “baby step,” said economist Jim Stafford of the Centre for Policy Alternatives. He said Canadian producers are remaining competitive, lowering their emissions and working to achieve net-zero. But Vickers, who has worked in the industry for almost a decade, said he sees the angst among colleagues who worry about the sector’s future. “There’s a lot of uncertainty.

A monumental Alberta issue slipped into the mainstream Tuesday with barely a ripple.

Seamus O'Regan wearing a suit and tie: Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020 in Ottawa. © Provided by Calgary Herald Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020 in Ottawa.

The federal Liberals announced consultations for a “just transition” away from oil and other resources to a green economy.

By the end of this process there will be a national law that enables (forces?) transition for workers across sectors and regions, at the pace set by Ottawa.

Canadians are invited to email their thoughts . There will be virtual stakeholder sessions (invitation only) in August and September. Sometime in the fall, the Liberals will emit a report on “what we heard.” Then would begin the march to a law and implementation.

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“As offshore investment drops from its peak and oil prices retreat from their high in 2014, the Norwegian economy is going through a transition away from oil dependence,” according to an IMF report. “The transition from oil and gas is a gradual process, and more time would be The divergent performance is perhaps most pronounced within manufacturing between oil -related industries (i.e. machinery and equipment, ships, boats and oil platforms) and nonoil industries. Overall, although the real value added share of the oil -related sector has shrunk from over 36 percent on average during

All this dovetails neatly with the federal election campaign widely expected in early autumn.

The goals are lifted bodily from the national NDP and Greens. The Liberals hope to gather all progressive forces under their banner on election day.

As a national project, Just Transition comes close to former Green Leader Elizabeth May’s call for a wartime-style attack on climate change.

It’s impossible to say what this will mean for the pace and detail of changes to the energy industry. Federal language is elusive. An entire discussion paper doesn’t mention the word “oil” once.

But the focus is on people who are going to lose their employment in resource industries, or see it change radically.

“Workers in the natural resource sectors helped build this country,” said Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan.

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Not that there's a looming shortage of crude oil or gasoline . Rather, it's the tanker truck drivers needed to deliver the gas to stations who are in short supply. According to the National Tank Truck Carriers, the industry's trade group, somewhere between 20% to 25% of tank trucks in the fleet are parked heading into this summer due to a paucity of qualified drivers. A worker disconnects hoses after delivering gasoline to a station in Redondo Beach, California. A shortage of tanker truck drivers could cause some stations to run out of gas this summer, according to industry experts.

“These same workers will build our low-carbon future. It is their skills, determination and ingenuity that will get us to net zero and ensure our continued prosperity. They won’t be left behind — they will lead the way.”

That would be a fine thing, although it’s hard to imagine Prime Minister Justin Trudeau letting oilpatch workers lead him anywhere.

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The Liberals embarked on a transition project for coal workers in 2019. This new phase includes the whole economy, with heavy emphasis on resources, and especially oil and gas.

The reaction across the country was muted. The Liberals have made their goals so clear, perhaps, that the step to formalizing transition was hardly worth noting.

But Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage lit up like a prairie gas flare.

“The federal government’s intention to hastily phase out Canada’s world-class oil and gas industry is extremely harmful to the hundreds of thousands who directly and indirectly work in the sector, and will be detrimental to Canada’s economic recovery.”

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She said Alberta’s industry “is already at the forefront of innovation and a diversified energy future with emerging opportunities like hydrogen, helium, geothermal development and petrochemicals . . . we have invested billions of dollars in technologies that reduce — and in some cases eliminate — emissions, such as carbon capture, utilization and storage.”

“These new opportunities clearly demonstrate that the industry has already been transforming to meet post-pandemic energy demand, with many producers having set ambitious net-zero emissions goals.

“None of this is possible without the hard work of our skilled oil and gas workers.”

Both sides here recognize the need for helping workers with the changes to come. The fight will be over details and control as much as goals.

Alberta’s jurisdiction over natural resources, which once seemed written in stone, has been steadily eroded by court rulings and aggressive federal legislation.

On March 25, ruling in Ottawa’s favour on carbon tax, the lead Supreme Court judge said climate change is a matter of pressing national concern that allows Ottawa to pass laws overriding provincial powers.

Savage says a lot of the transition consultation is pre-election rhetoric. She notes that O’Regan still sees a role for oil and gas. Ottawa’s plan is “completely unrealistic” and doesn’t reflect what’s happening in the industry.

But still, it’s clear who has the momentum in federal-provincial disputes. If Ottawa misuses its growing power in typically casual fashion, the transition may not look very just in Alberta.

Don Braid’s column appears regularly in the Herald


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