In the Press


Alberta’s oil future is grim unless government gets on board, say energy experts
Red Deer Advocate, February 15, 2018. Story HERE.

Premier Notley praised by Alberta's energy industry for tough stance in pipeline dispute
CBC News, February 15, 2018. Story HERE

Panel says 'politics' holding back investment into Canada's energy industry
RD News Now, February 16, 2018. Story HERE.

Trinidad Drilling launches strategic review as Canadian oilfield slump drags on
CBC News, February 20, 2018. Story HERE

Cross-border disparity hits the Canadian oilpatch as U.S. industry shines
Calgary Herald, February 21, 2018. Story HERE

Calfrac joins Canadian operators redeploying equipment to U.S. oil and gas plays
JWN Energy, March 1, 2018. Story HERE.

‘Too important to back down’: Drillers praise Notley’s latest swing in B.C. pipeline battle
JWN Energy, March 9, 2018. Story HERE

Rachel Notley doubles down on threat to cut B.C. oil shipments
CBC News, March 9, 2018. Story HERE.

Premier Rachel Notley’s threat to cut off oil to others not a new tactic for Alberta
Global News, March 9, 2018. Story HERE

New Events / Items

2018 AGM & Annual Luncheon 

Save the date! Our AGM and Annual Member Luncheon will be held at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Friday March 23, 2018. The Luncheon is the Association's most significant annual event and  represents an opportunity to connect with your fellow CAODC members. Our keynote speaker this year is Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta's Official Opposition and MLA for Calgary-Lougheed, who will speak about his vision to renew the Alberta Advantage, specifically in terms of Western Canada's abundant oil and gas resources. Registration and sponsorship forms for the luncheon can be found HERE

Thanks to our 2018 Annual Luncheon Sponsors! 
Platinum: Mercer Canada, Pason Systems Gold: DC Drilling Inc., Jomax Drilling Ltd., Precision Drilling, Precision Well Servicing, Roll'n Oilfield Industries Ltd., Western Energy Services Corp. Silver: Akita Drilling Ltd., Bonanza Drilling, Energy Safety CanadaEnsign Energy Services, Grimes Well Servicing, Patterson-UTI Drilling Canada Ltd., RyTy Developments Ltd., Savanna Drilling, a division of Total Energy Services Ltd,, Treeline Well Services Inc.Trinidad Drilling Ltd.

NOW HIRING — CAODC Senior Operations Role
Do you know someone who is looking for a new opportunity and exciting career path? CAODC is accepting applications for a senior Operations position within the Association. The successful candidate will have significant experience in the drilling and/or service rig industry specifically in the field of operations and engineering. This role oversees the day-to-day committee operations and various industry led Initiatives and works to build strategic partnerships with Association stakeholders including government, industry and members. Interested individuals can submit their resumes to Mark Scholz, President mscholz@caodc.ca.

CAODC Website/Member Portal
The Association has launched a new website and Member Portal. The new site is easier to use and offers more features to our members, giving them greater control over their membership information. We wanted to create a website that is responsive across all platforms, from mobile to desktop. The new site can be found HERE, site FAQs and a full site map can be found HERE, and tutorial videos on new content and processes can be found HERE.

CAODC Annual Safety Awards Program — Recipient Award Criteria for 2017
Intake for the annual CAODC Safety Awards program is now open. The Safety Awards package can be accessed HERE by CAODC primary company representatives. 

2018 Rig Inventory & Directory 
A new online Rig Inventory and Directory can be found HERE, and additional copies can be purchased online HERE

Bulletins / Safety Alerts

Code of Practice for Confined Space (CAODC)
Be advised a new code of practice for confined space has been developed and approved by CAPP’s Industry Confined Space Task Group. This Code of Practice for Confined Space was developed by the upstream oil and gas industry to provide Canadian regulators with a recommendation for the harmonization of Federal, Provincial and Territorial confined space regulatory requirements. See the full bulletin HERE.

University of Fredericton Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes Scholarship Program (CAODC) The University of Fredericton is pleased to provide an annual scholarship program to their online, award-winning Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes program, in honour of Tim Downing and his contributions to the occupational health and safety profession. This scholarship will be awarded by CAODC. See the full bulletin HERE.

Safety Alert — Excavation Equipment Damage (Energy Safety Canada) During extremely cold temperatures (-34 C), an excavator was damaged when the pipe arm attachment impacted the cab. Due to the extreme cold, the operator had let the excavator run for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, and then began the pre-use inspection and functionality test. As the boom was lifted during part of the functionality test, the pipe arm attachment started curling inward on its own towards the cab of the excavator and impacted the top of the excavator cab damaging the skylight, skylight latch and cracking the front windshield. See the full Safety Alert HERE.  

Safety Bulletin — Do You Have the Right Light? (Energy Safety Canada) The level of light on worksites is critical to the prevention of incidents and the efficient completion of work. Adequate temporary lighting may be required on a variety of worksites such as drilling and completions worksites and is dependent on the type of work being conducted. See the full bulletin HERE.

Safety Infographic — Vehicle Recovery (Energy Safety Canada) Getting your vehicle out safely requires careful planning and consideration. Call the professionals – they are trained to recognize and mitigate hazards to get the job done safely. Don’t overlook these hazards. No job is worth losing your life. See the infographic HERE.

Safety Bulletin — Reducing the Risk of Spontaneous Ignition Fires in Laundries (WorkSafe B.C.) Spontaneous ignition of laundry at on-site facilities can happen before, during, or after the wash and dry cycles. This bulletin explains the hazard, explores the factors that increase the risk, and discusses how to reduce the risk. See the full bulletin HERE.

Conferences / Courses / Meetings

Vacuum Truck Operations Workshop — Energy Safety Canada (Nisku, AB March 21, 2018)

Did you know the Vacuum Truck sector experiences higher WCB claim rates compared to other industry sectors? Join your industry peers for this workshop and learn about the resources available to support the Vacuum Truck sector. To register, see HERE.

Supervisor Workshop for Health & Safety in the Workplace — Energy Safety Canada (Various Dates and Locations)
This interactive two-day course provides supervisors with an overview of their roles and responsibilities in the management of health and safety in the workplace. To register, see HERE.

Registered Safety Professional Certification — Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals, (Various Dates and Locations)
The purpose of certification in the occupational health and safety (OHS) field is to promote excellence and professionalism. The CRSP®/PSAC® certification demonstrates that certified individuals have met minimum formal education and experience requirements and demonstrated that they have acquired a minimum level of knowledge and expertise in this field by passing the CRSP® Examination. For more information, see HERE.  

Oil Respect

Support the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project
Protesters and some government policymakers continue to delay construction on the vital Trans Mountain expansion project. Oil Respect is asking you to support the project by sending a letter or email message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr. We encourage all supporters to use THIS LETTER or write a letter of their own, and send it by Canada Post or email to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca) and the Honourable Jim Carr (jim.carr@parl.gc.ca). We also ask that you circulate the letter widely among your colleagues and social circles and have them do the same. More information can be found HERE

Want to host an Oil Respect meet-up at your company? 
Please email communications@caodc.ca to set up an Oil Respect town hall for your company!

The Hitch

Pick up The Hitch:
In addition to member copies that get mailed out, you can pick up copies of The Hitch at the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre, Wellsite Masters Ltd. MAS-Pro Supply (Red Deer and Grande Prairie), or here at the CAODC office.

Back issues of The Hitch: Click here for access to full issues going back to 2008.

Please consider running an ad in The Hitch, the Hitch blog, or our online Rig Inventory & Directory. We also encourage members to consider running an advertorial or sponsoring a Hitch Report product review for The Hitch. Advertising revenue helps support Association activities throughout the year. Please contact Nancie Prive, marketing coordinator at Media Edge at nanciep@mediaedgepublishing.com, for more information.

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