Oil patch faces skilled labour shortage as rig activity ramps up – BNN

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As energy prices climb, the oil patch is getting back to work. 

The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) says rig activity is already higher than it previously anticipated for the first quarter of this year. The increase in activity is bringing with it another issue: concerns over finding sufficient skilled workers. 

“I’ve talked to a handful of contractors in the past couple of days and they’ve said without question, they could have more rigs out in the field – both on the service rig side and drilling rig side – if they had access to adequate labour,”