The Government of Alberta has set up the Canadian Energy Center to fight for the province’s oil and gas industries and counter what the Energy Minister called “a deceitful campaign to landlock the oilsands.”
The Canadian Energy Center will have a C$30 million budget and be based out of Calgary — where many of the province’s oil and gas companies are also based.
“Once operational, the centre will take a fact-based approach to counteracting the misinformation about our industry,” said Alberta’s Energy Minister Sonya Savage. “It will collaborate with industry, academia, Indigenous peoples and others to tell the truth: that Alberta energy is responsibly produced and indispensable — to Canada and the world.”
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The center will have three units designed to back up the industry in Canada: a rapid response unit responding to social and traditional media, a literacy unit that will create original content to educate people about the industry and a data and research unit.
According to Savage, the center will be launched before the end of 2019 and will be integral to the economic future of Alberta.
The Western Canadian province has long been at loggerheads with not just public perception of the oil and gas industry, but the neighbouring province of British Columbia.
Issues hinge on the passage of pipelines through BC to the Canadian coastline, with the now federally owned Trans Mountain pipeline a lighting rod for activists. Alberta’s differences with BC will be on show over the next few weeks as Canadians vote in the ongoing federal election.
The issue of getting Albertan oil and gas to global markets was brought well and truly to the fore of news cycles in September of this year after half…