(St. John’s, NL, Canada: 25 Feb. 2015) The Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources, joined students, industry partners and officials from the educational sector to officially launch Oil and Gas Week on Monday morning, Feb. 23 at the St. John’s campus of College of the North Atlantic.

In an official government release on the launch Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources is quoted as saying that despite currently low commodity prices, “The oil and gas industry in our province will continue to provide us with substantial economic and employment benefits well into the future. He recognized Oil and Gas Week as an opportunity to acknowledge “the important contributions of the oil and gas industry and inform young people about the wide range of career possibilities available right here at home.”  

The announcement at the college was likely to draw attention to one of the trademark events of the week: Energy Day – Exploring Careers in Oil and Gas. It was held the following day, Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Johnson Geo Centre in St. John’s. During the morning, high school students from 11 schools met with professionals in the O&G industry, visited displays by operators and service and supply companies, and heard panel presentations on careers. The event was opened to the general public in the afternoon.

As Chairperson of Oil and Gas Week 2015 Markl Critch is quoted as follows: “2015 marks the 13th year that our industry has held Oil and Gas Week. The week-long initiative was developed to raise the profile of our industry and build an appreciation for the impact that it has on the province’s economy.” He too is quoted as looking ahead to prosperous times “despite the current economic conditions.” An impotqnt step in reaching that future, according to the quote from Critch is “making sure our young people know there will be opportunities for them in a thriving, sustainable industry.”  

Other featured events of Oil and Gas Week include Geoscience Day at the Johnson Geo Centre during which Wade Locke will give a presentation called The World is Not Falling Apart – A Perspective on Prices and Production. Other activities include Noia’s industry achievement awards gala at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s, and the annual food drive fundraiser. To view the complete calendar of events, visit www.nloilandgasweek.ca.  

A calendar of events is available at www.nloilandgasweek.ca.

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Diana Quinton Director of Communications Department of Natural Resources 709-729-5282, 631-8155 dianaquinton@gov.nl.ca 

Marilyn Buckingham Communications CoordinatorNoia709-758-6619mbuckingham@noia.ca