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Guest Column: Mayor's camp motion another road block for struggling energy industry

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The struggles in Alberta’s energy sector are hurting communities across the province and the country. When you combine these economic factors with the disruption and devastation that the fire of 2016 brought, Fort McMurray is particularly feeling the impact.

In a community that has learned to live with economic ups and downs, our resilience is truly being tested.

Governments at all levels are trying to find solutions to mitigate the effects of this energy downturn, and the RWMB Council faces unique challenges as our community also seeks to rebuild.

In response, the oilsands industry has been working with the RMWB on collaborative initiatives to make our region stronger and keep the oil sands industry competitive.

Yet at a time when communities across Alberta are rallying to support the energy industry, in a few weeks RMWB Council will be voting on implementing policy that will be a road block to development and deter capital investment in the oil sands.

Mayor Scott has proposed a motion to phase out work camps, ultimately preventing companies from using fly-in fly- out (FIFO) as a means to get the skilled workers they need.

This might seem like a quick fix to try to start building population numbers back up but there are strong arguments for why Council should not take this drastic step: with the competitiveness issues industry is facing it is the wrong time to hit........

© Fort McMurray Today