Oct. 28, 2015
Yesterday Royal Dutch Shell announced they will cancel their Carmon Creek project outside of Peace River.
This was disappointing news and has caused great concern from the Town’s Mayor and Council, for the Albertans who will be directly impacted by the decision as well as our neighbour municipalities. As a region, we have all collectively benefited from the oil industry and we will all feel the pinch.
Peace River’s Mayor, Tom Tarpey, expressed empathy for those working on the project.
“When I heard the news my first thought was concern for those who have literally poured their hearts and souls into making this project a reality,” he said. “This has really been a punch to the solar plexus for the engineers and management team involved.”
Although the news is troubling it does not represent a lack of faith in heavy oil production or exploration in Alberta’s northwest. It is our understanding that pipeline access was one of the major factors in the closure.
Our Town has benefited tremendously from Shell’s investment in our community. They have helped to fund a number of important community projects, they were also the major backer behind Northern Lakes mobile steam lab and the Peace Regional Airport’s recent upgrades.
Fortunately this cancellation will not impact the airport project – this is an important transportation infrastructure project that has helped to connect Peace River to the rest of Canada and the world.
In the coming days Peace River’s Mayor and Council will be reaching out to Federal and Provincial authorities to outline our need for greater infrastructure in the north to support industry development. That means pipelines but also roads, railways, bridges, and market access to ensure the long-term sustainability of our industries.
We are still a great place to live and work and with strong industries like forestry, agriculture and power generation we will weather this change of fortunes in the oil market.
Town of Peace River