UPDATED: Planned energy convoy to Ottawa cancelled

Industry supporters gathered in Red Deer on Saturday

Vehicles honked their horns on central Alberta highways in support of the oil and gas industry on the weekend, just days before one of two convoys to Ottawa was cancelled.

Hundreds took part in Saturday’s oil and gas convoy, which began at the Red Deer Cardlock Co-op on Queens Drive.

“We’re here to make a stand and say we want pipelines,” said organizer Dani Howells of Rimbey. “I wanted to get everyone to come here and get our voices heard.”

Howells said she was pleasantly surprised by how many people attended the demonstration.

“I’m so proud of everyone who’s come out here,” said Howells. “I never expected this turnout. I just expected a couple people to come, pat me on the back and say, ‘Hey, thanks for trying. Let’s go for a beer.’”

Other oil and gas convoys across the province inspired Howells to organize one in Red Deer.

“Nisku had one, Medicine Hat had one, but Red Deer never had one. This is a major hub for oil and gas, so I thought, ‘what can I lose by doing this?’”

The oil and gas industry is crucial to the Canadian economy, Howells added.

“It affects Alberta because we’re the main oil hub, and we’re not getting treated very well,” she said. “We line the pockets of all these politicians, so they’re kind of biting the hand that feeds them.”

An oil and gas rally was held in Rocky Mountain House two weeks ago.

Another convoy, organized by Innisfail’s Glen Carritt, will go from Red Deer to Ottawa next month.

That four-day demonstration, which is pushing for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, is planning to meet up on Parliament Hill with another convoy from Atlantic Canada, which is lobbying for the Energy East pipeline.

Rally4 Resources had planned to stage its own convoy, but announced Monday it was abandoning the effort.

“Unfortunately, we have come to the decision that it is no longer viable to proceed with our planned convoy. We cannot confidently mitigate the unexpected challenges associated with this event. As such, we will be issuing full refunds to all of our donors. We greatly appreciate your support.”



sean.mcintosh@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Drew Wilson, left, and Chance Watts, of Lacombe, tape signs to their truck before a Red Deer truck convoy, which was held in support of the oil and gas industry on Saturday. (Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff)

Hundreds took part in a Red Deer truck convoy in support of the oil and gas industry on Saturday. (Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff)

Just Posted

Candlelight vigil in Red Deer honours Sri Lanka Easter bombing victims

Dozens showed up to the event at City Hall Thursday night

Several Red Deer businesses’ phone/fax lines taken over by ‘spoofers’

Same ‘prank’ calls were made as happened with RedCliff RCMP

Red Deer apartment project opposed by some neighbours

Two buildings proposed for a site in Normandeau with existing four apartment complexes

Red Deer’s osprey cam celebrities are back

FortisAlberta has webcam set up at nest created as part of avian protection program

Red Deer PCN Women’s Fun Run introduces Community Diaper Dash

Central Albertans will make a dash in diapers to bring lunches to… Continue reading

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

Opinion: Schools can’t be exempt from scrutiny

This weekend’s meeting of the Alberta School Councils’ Association promises to be… Continue reading

Bishop now the Stars goalie trying to beat Blues in playoffs

Ben Bishop grew up rooting for the St. Louis Blues before being… Continue reading

Nashville gets its chance to step up for NFL draft

NASHVILLE — Broadway in downtown Nashville is as lively a place as… Continue reading

The Cranberries, still in mourning, return for the last time

NEW YORK — Whether or not there would be a final Cranberries’… Continue reading

Dance studio owner in dispute with Burton Cummings fined for noise ticket

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — The owner of a dance fitness studio who… Continue reading

Gardening: Time and effort key to buying garden plants

Greenhouses, garden centers and box stores are set to start selling bedding… Continue reading

Montreal native Nicholas Latifi off to solid start on Formula 2 race circuit

Practice makes perfect for Canadian Nicholas Latifi. The 23-year-old Montreal auto racer… Continue reading

Most Read