Residents have mixed view on oil and gas industry

An Ipsos-Reid survey conducted on behalf of the Calgary-based Petroleum Services Association of Canada, shows people in the BC Peace have a mixed view, of the oil and gas industry.

83 percent agreed the industry contributes financially, to the community…while 80 percent said, it is believable…and, 77 percent agreed, it provides local jobs .

However, only 47 percent of respondents said, it protects public health and safety…and, just 36 percent agreed, it protects the environment.

Both those pecentages were lower, than the Western Canadian averages…and so were the local area rataings…for treating residents and property with respect…following laws…driving safely and courteously…minimizing mess and noise…listening to, and communicating with, local area communities…and responding to public concerns.

Local area communities included in the survey were Arras, Baldonnel, Dawson Creek, Farmington, Groundbirch, Parkland, Pouce Coupe, Progress, Rolla, Sunrise Valley, Sunset Prairie and Taylor.

The PSAC is building a public website, scheduled for release early in the new year.

It hopes it will answer the most commonly asked, oil and gas industry questions…and, provide an open line of communication for citizen feedback.