Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

September 21, 2009 12:01 ET

Government of British Columbia: Oil and Gas Week Celebrates a Vibrant Industry

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2009) -

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

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September 21, 2009

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

OIL AND GAS WEEK CELEBRATES A VIBRANT INDUSTRY

VICTORIA - In recognition of the valuable and essential contribution the oil and gas industry makes to the economy and people of British Columbian, the Province is proclaiming Sept. 20-26 as Oil and Gas Week, announced Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

"This is our opportunity to celebrate and recognize the important role that the oil and gas industry plays in creating jobs, encouraging investment and making B.C. more competitive," said Lekstrom. "The oil and gas industry brings billions of dollars of investment to our province, creates thousands of jobs and provides revenues that help fund health care, education and infrastructure for all residents of B.C."

The oil and gas industry generates over $2 billion in Crown revenues annually. Through innovative royalty programs and the recently announced Oil and Gas Stimulus Package, the Province is attracting new investment and making the oil and gas industry one of the fastest growing sectors in the province. Since 2001, the oil and gas industry has invested $37.8 billion in British Columbia.

"The potential for natural gas development in this province is growing almost daily," added Lekstrom. "I am proud to see that our natural resources are being managed in such a co-operative and environmentally-sensitive manner."

Oil and Gas week will end with the B.C. Energy Conference, which is taking place in Dawson Creek Sept. 24-25. Lekstrom will be in attendance, and will be giving a keynote presentation Friday morning.

To view a message from the Minister, for more information on oil and gas rights sales, or for additional statistics on oil and gas, please visit the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources website: http://www.gov.bc.ca/empr/.

For more information on government services or to subscribe to the Province's news feeds using RSS, visit the Province's website at www.gov.bc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
    Jake Jacobs
    Public Affairs Officer
    250 952-0628
    250 213-6934 (cell)
    www.gov.bc.ca