Royalty review chairman says people saying stability in energy sector is key

The chairman of Alberta’s royalty review says the No. 1 thing his panel has heard in feedback from industry, government and Albertans alike is the need for stability and predictability in the energy sector.

CALGARY — The chairman of Alberta’s royalty review says the No. 1 thing his panel has heard in feedback from industry, government and Albertans alike is the need for stability and predictability in the energy sector.

Dave Mowat told radio station CHQR on Wednesday that it’s now up to the panel to come up with a set of principals that apply whether the price of oil is at $30 a barrel or $100 a barrel.

He says it would then be up to oil companies and the Energy Department to make sure that resources are managed within those principles.

Mowat says if they do this right, there may never be a need for another royalty review in Alberta.

The goal is to be finished the review by the end of the year.

Reviewing whether Albertans are getting a fair slice of the province’s oil and gas wealth was a key election promise from the NDP when it swept to power in May.