Alberta truck convoy in support of pipelines rolls through Red Deer
There were several more events held across Alberta on Saturday in support of the oil and gas industry.
Truck drivers working in the oil and gas industry took to the streets of Red Deer Saturday morning, calling for the federal and provincial governments to take action on pipeline construction.
“The money’s tight. You work and then you don’t work, and the cost of everything has gone up, and then the wages drop, and then you’re just struggling every day to make ends meet, just hoping that the oil patch stays busy,” oil industry worker Ron Skomoroh said.
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Organizers said there were 165 semi trucks and 150 pickup trucks in Saturday’s convoy, which was a continuation of rallies held around Alberta during the past several weeks.
“It’s like they want to land-lock our oil, and I’m sorry, that’s not a good thing to do,” organizer Dani Howells said. “We can be a hub for oil and we can get a hell of a lot more for our oil, and I think what they’re selling it for and what they’re pretty much giving it away for is a joke.”
There was also a convoy held in Calgary, as well as a convoy and Yellow Vest rally in Drumheller on Saturday. Organizers of the Drunheller event said the community has been greatly affected by struggles with the struggle of pipeline projects moving forward.
“It’s been very hard on my family, life and financially,” trucker Devon Tingley said. “It definitely trickles down to that and causes stress. You just don’t know what’s going to take place here in the next little while.”
During the holiday season, there were several convoys in communities across the province, including in Nisku, Whitecourt, Medicine Hat and Edson.
WATCH BELOW: Aerial footage from Macmillan Sarvas of an eight-kilometre long pro-pipeline convoy through Whitecourt, Alta. on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2018.
Earlier this week, there was a rally held in Slave Lake where more than 1,000 people attended and nearly 300 trucks joined a convoy that wound its way through the community.
The convoys are to protest against federal actions that critics say will make building pipelines more difficult.
Those actions include Bill C-69 to revamp the National Energy Board and Bill C-48, which would ban oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s northern coast.
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