Woodlands County is still dealing with the fallout from the departure of natural gas company Trident Exploration.
Trident ceased all operations in the Fort Assiniboine area on May 1st, but they are one of two companies who have failed to pay the County taxes, leaving Woodlands in a deficit.
At last week’s council meeting, County Council Council presented their grievances to the County’s two MLA’s, Martin Long and Glenn Van Dijken. Woodlands County Mayor Ron Govenlock says more needs to be done by the province in regards to regulations, including forcing the affected municipalities to still pay the province fees like the school requisition tax.
Govenlock says they would like help from the MLA’s to address the issue with the province. They would also like to find solutions on how to move forward with the situation regarding oil and gas companies still owing money.
Govenlock also says there is a need for improvements by the province to acquire more security from oil and gas companies and to make sure they honour their tax obligations when operating in Alberta, so the same things don’t keep happening as they did with Trident.