A woman calling herself an “oil wife” blasted anti-oil protesters on social media Thursday for trying to make life harder for people working in the oil fields, while enjoying the benefits of their labor.
“He does not deserve this,” Sheryl Hurtak wrote in a Facebook post, referring to her now unemployed husband who worked in the oil industry. “And you, sitting in your warm coffee shop, driving your oil and gas fueled car, wearing your shoes and clothing sourced from oil products, staying warm in Canada’s winter by burning fossil fuel… and then you have the audacity to protest against an industry that provides the cleanest and safest fuel source in the world …”
Canada’s oil industry has taken it on the chin recently, as the ebb in crude prices and glutted oil market has made life a living hell for those in the industry. The country’s oil refineries, discount rates, and high transportation costs make it more difficult to get gluts of oil from the production stage to the consumer, causing the country’s prices to crater, analysts told The Wall Street Journal in January. North Dakota has been plagued by low oil prices for similar reasons.
“You need to search your heart and decide why you could have such a heartless and cold attitude towards another person who has risked his life on a regular basis to provide these things for society…Why?” she asked, telling them to “walk a mile” in her husband’s shoes before they continue their crusade.
Crude oil sold by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) fell to $25.69 a barrel earlier this year, with the overall price of a bushel of crude dropping to $30 a barrel. Tanking crude prices, which at one point in 2014 were selling at $100 a barrel, are causing oil producers to grasp at straws, looking for reprieves.
Oil drilling activity has slowed in Canada to the point that 2016 will be the worst year on record for the oil and gas industry, according to a Wednesday report by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors.
The CAODC’s report also shows that an average of only 140 rigs were put to work this year, which is nearly 40 percent lower than the 204 rigs the association forecast at the start of the year, and that drilling. More than 87 oilrigs in the country have gone dormant.
In addition to the downturn in the oil market, Canada’s energy providers have also been plagued by eco-terrorists openly damaging the country’s oil pipelines.
A bevy of anti-pipeline activists, for instance, armed with lock cutters forced a shutdown of oil transportation developer Enbridge Inc. oil pipelines in January. The group of eco-terrorists called themselves the “The People versus Enbridge line 9.”
It was the fourth time in the two months prior to the incident the company was forced to shutter the line.
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