Richard Gotfried 高 飛

MLA, Calgary-Fish Creek

403-278-4444 • calgary.fishcreek@assembly.ab.ca • www.calgaryfishcreek.ab.ca

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The warmth of August allows us to spend time in the sun, take in festivals, and stroll through Fish Creek Park. 

Pipelines have been in the news over the last few months. As your MLA, and Shadow Minister for Economic Development, I have visited with many oil and gas industry leaders who are committed to innovation and environmental stewardship.  They are proud Albertans who support recreational programs, not-for-profits, and family and child wellness.  One company’s tour left me reflecting on Alberta’s resource-rich history.  MEG Energy’s hallways are lined with a visual history of our oil and gas development. The famous Alberta picture of the first gusher in Turner Valley on May 14, 1914 is proudly displayed along other early images of the 1950’s with our indigenous population proudly working in the oil and gas industry, to modern day production and reclamation projects. 

In the 1940’s, our legislators understood that the natural resources belonged to all Albertans and established the precursors to current legislation such as surface vs. mineral rights and royalties. In 1949, the Alberta Legislature passed the Gas Resource Conservation Act, which allowed exports of gas to be authorized when an adequate supply of gas was assured for Alberta’s energy security.  In addition, Alberta understood that the Federal Government controlled pipelines that crossed provincial borders; therefore, to limit Ottawa’s control, the Alberta government created a separate entity to carry gas within the province.  The Alberta Gas Trunk Line (AGTL) was an internal regulated system that carried gas only within Alberta.  Today AGTL is primarily operated by TransCanada.

As we struggle with the cross-border issue, we hope for TransMountain to proceed and carry Alberta oil to coastal tidewater.  I am a strong advocate for pipelines across Canada, which fosters energy security, and displaces “conflict oil” imports.  Building pipelines attracts investment, creates Canadian jobs, and delivers wealth and prosperity to all Canadians.  Stay tuned for more on this file as my UCP Caucus colleagues and I stand up for the future of our great province.  My door is always open, so please reach out via phone, email, or social media.  Enjoy the rest of summer with your family in the great Canadian outdoors!