​Alberta launching oil and gas industry panel to cut red tape

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Government of Alberta

The Government of Alberta says it is launching the first two panels that will assist in identifying unnecessary red tape in key sectors of the province’s economy; one for tourism and hospitality and one for oil and gas.

It’s to support the Red Tape Reduction Act, which came into force on June 28, 2019, with the goal of cutting red tape by one-third.

The panels will provide feedback on the various red tape initiatives to the Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction and assist him in identifying the regulatory burdens that are holding back their respective sectors, the province said in a statement on Friday.

The oil and gas industry panel will include:

  • Tim McMillan, president and CEO, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Tristan Goodman, president, Explorers and Producers Association of Canada
  • Chris Bloomer, president and CEO, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
  • Gary Mar, president and CEO, Petroleum Services Association of Canada
  • Mark Scholz, president and CEO, Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors
  • Randy Findlay, chairman of the board, Pembina Pipeline Corporation
  • Sue Riddell Rose, president and CEO, Perpetual Energy
  • Paul Ferneyhough executive director, North America, Repsol
  • Jeff Tonken, president and CEO, Birchcliff Energy

The panel will hold its first meeting on August 8.