Ponoka staff laid off after Encana restructuring

Some Ponoka staff have recently been laid off after a recent Encana announcement stating the company is restructuring.

Some Ponoka staff have recently been laid off after a recent Encana announcement stating the company is restructuring.

About 20 per cent of the company’s overall workforce is being cut and Ponoka is one of those communities affected by the decision. Although Encana’s presence is limited to a handful of employees in the area and little mining operations, Ponoka County CAO Charlie Cutforth worries how this will affect community groups. “The concern for us is we don’t want to lose the Encana presence in the community,” he said as he considered the company a strong corporate citizen that supports many local initiatives.

Also some county offices have been leased to Encana and Cutforth is working with company representatives over extending the lease, which expires March, 2014.

Encana spokesman Douglas McIntyre said in an email they are not providing specific details on how this decision will affect Ponoka as a base.

“This very difficult part of our transition has meant a reduction in the workforce across the company and in every part of our company…At this point, it is too early to speculate on our future plans in the Ponoka area.”

The goal of restructuring the company now is to become stronger in the future, he added. Investment is still being made to five areas around the world, one of those is the Duvernay area in west-central Alberta.

“The Duvernay and the other four plays we identified will receive about 75 per cent of our 2014 capital investment. We believe the Duvernay is truly a world-class emerging play and will be a big potential growth engine for Encana. Our plans for next year are to start pad drilling in the northern part of the Duvernay while continuing our appraisal of the southern part of the play in order to unlock its potential,” explained McIntyre.

Whether Encana decides to stay in Ponoka is another matter and he would not provide further details as he feels it is too early to speculate. Giving back to the community will not change as it is a core value for Encana, he added.

But, “we will work to ensure that it is aligned with our new strategy moving forward while continuing to make investments in initiatives that contribute to the strength and sustainability of the communities in which we operate.”

 

Just Posted

Reflections: The early construction of then Ponoka mental hospital

Looking at the early development of then provincial mental hospital in Ponoka

Wolf Creek Schools superintendent receives contract extension

Jayson Lovell will continue to serve as superintendent through 2024

Ponoka fire crews deal with trailer fire on the QEII

There wasn’t much left of a 53 foot trailer after it went up in flames near Ponoka

Suspects from Ponoka charged in pawn shop theft

Ponoka RCMP say the two face several charges from Stampede Pawn incident

Ponoka provides update on recent water main breaks

Some roads continue to be closed to traffic as repairs to be completed

Defiant vigil starts healing in New Zealand after massacre

Police say the gunman in the shooting that killed 50 acted alone

Budget 2019: Five things to watch for in the Liberals’ final fiscal blueprint

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will release the Trudeau government’s final budget on Tuesday

New concussion guidelines launched for Canada’s Olympians, Paralympians

The guidelines will be in effect at this summer’s Pan American, Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru

Alphonso Davies doubtful for Canada game against French Guiana in Vancouver

Canada will be without injured captain Scott Arfield and veteran Will Johnson

Notley’s government puts priority on health care in throne speech

Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell kicked off the legislature session

NDP’s Jagmeet Singh steps into the House of Commons, making history

Burnaby South MP becomes first visible minority to lead a federal party in the House of Commons

Ponoka RCMP on lookout for stolen pickup

The black 2011 Ford F350 King Ranch pickup was stolen from a rural residence

B.C. argues it cannot stop Trans Mountain, but it can protect environment

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says only Ottawa has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick retires in wake of SNC-Lavalin case

Jody Wilson-Raybould accused Wernick of pressuring her to head off criminal charges for the firm

Most Read