REGINA – The governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan along with industry stakeholders have secured a regulation exemption from Ottawa to allow oil service rigs to move freely between the two provinces.
The premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan previously signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 5, 2019 to help remove provincial barriers to the movement of service rigs.
Under the new Motor Vehicle Transport Act exemption, service rig convoys will not be required to complete daily logs or have a certified electronic logging device, a Government of Saskatchewan release stated.
“This is long overdue. Western Canadian Energy is not only among the most sustainable in the world, but also among the safest. We should be removing redundant red tape and barriers that impede opportunity for growth,” Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe said in the release.
“Today, common sense has prevailed. We are delighted to see this much anticipated regulatory reform pass the finish line. It means that our workers can focus on what matters most, developing the world’s most responsible energy, while at the same time meeting the highest standards in road safety,” Canadian Association of Energy Contractors President and CEO Mark Scholz added.
The exemption will apply in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia.