The provincial budget that was released last week contained some good news for oil and gas producers in the are. 

"Generally, across the board, there will be some significant enhancements to petroleum and mineral resource sector," explained Minister of Energy and Resources, Bronwyn Eyre. "The energy resource budget is $45.8 million. That includes an increase of $665,000 or 1.5% and $1.5 million to enhance the Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS) for the Pipeline Regulation Enhancement Program (PREP)."

"We think that this is important just in terms of the multiyear program and the announcement last year to strengthen pipeline regulations."

She added that while there is not a large increase in the budget, there is an increase to things that are important to the sector.

"Recent numbers that we're seeing such as increased production, exploration, revenue, there are clear signs of renewed activity and growth in the industry. Saskatchewan is the second largest producer among Canadian provinces and there are some signs of improvement just in terms of year over year employment in the sector. That has also grown."

"There were 34,000 direct and indirect years of employment in the oil and gas industry that were forecasted for 2017 and that's up 7% from 2016 so cautiously optimistic that we're seeing some good signs here."

Eyre mentioned that with signs of growth in the entire industry, there is reason for optimism in the southeast area as well. 

More Local News

Snowplow Safety Important For Everyone

With the lack of snowfall we've seen in the southeast corner of the province, it's easy to forget about the drivers that keep the roads clear and drivers safe. Snowplow operators are often overlooked…

Accident On 13th Ave and King Street

A two-vehicle collision took place early Wednesday morning. "At approximately 7:45 this morning, a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of 13th Avenue and King Street," explained…

The Difference Between Norovirus and Influenza Explained

Norovirus has been identified as the cause of a number of cases of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting in the province. "Norovirus is a type of virus that affects the intestinal system," explained Doctor…

City's Proposed 2019 Budget Includes No Increase In Taxes Or Utility Rates

The city is planning some ambitious ideas for the proposed 2019 budget, but they won’t be including any higher taxes or utlility increases. The proposed budget was prepared by city administration and…

Pharmacies Running Out Of Flu Vaccine

It’s been a tough flu season in Canada and now some pharmacies in the Estevan area have been running out of the flu vaccine. Jeff Hilderman at the Estevan Pharmasave has seen his pharmacy run out of…

Three Ballots Needed Each for Police Board, Remuneration Board

At City Council's regular meeting Monday night, two boards needed people on it from the public at large - and the results were so close there were multiple ballots needed. It took three votes for…

Building Permits In City Down In 2018

Building permits for 2018 were down significantly from 2017, Estevan city council learned Monday night. The monthly building permit report gave an overview of how many building permits the city…

Festival Of Lights Shone Bright in 2018

The Festival of lights had a great turnout in 2018. They jumped from 11 participants in 2017 to 25 participants this year in 2018 and had an abundance of positive feedback from people driving through…

*Update* SaskTel Experiencing Long Distance Issues

“All circuits are busy. Please hang up and try your call again later.” This is the message many across Saskatchewan are hearing this morning when trying to make a long distance phone call or a call a… is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide