Saskatchewan is Canada’s second-largest oil producer and the second-highest mineral producer. We have some of the highest-grade deposits of uranium in the world and unmatched energy resources, with an estimated $50 billion to be invested in capital mining projects over the next 20 years. CNN called Saskatchewan “a hot spot… an asterisk to the entire country when it comes to the economic climate.”1 Saskatchewan also boasts available jobs and an unemployment rate significantly below the national average, both of which fueling a growth to its already adroit labour force. We also have depth in the labour force, with the largest percentage of workers under 25 in Canada. Our central location, access to markets, affordable cost of living and vast sunny skies are shining a global light on the splendour of Saskatchewan.
Despite all the bolstering about Saskatchewan’s energy resources, we should not forget about the industry that developed our work ethic, intelligence and attractive environment. Forty-four per cent of Canada’s cultivated farmland is found in the land of living skies. Saskatchewan is the world’s number-one producer of fertilizer potash and the world’s largest exporter of dried peas, lentils and mustard. We are a major exporter of wheat and flax, as well as Canada’s second-largest cattle producer. Andrew Ross Sorkin, columnist for The New York Times said, “If you care about the world’s food supply, you care – whether you know it or not – about Saskatchewan.”2 Saskatchewan literally feeds and fuels the world. With this in mind, it is clear that preserving our environment should be paramount throughout our economic growth.
Our provincial government is promoting responsible management of our resources through the public review of the Saskatchewan Environmental Code. It is further focused on fueling the economy as demonstrated in the Fraser Institute’s Global Petroleum Survey in 2010, which stated “Saskatchewan has a fiscal regime that encourages investment.”3 In addition to this, we are home to one-third of Canada’s agricultural biotechnology industry performing research in health, agriculture and clean energy. Shining examples of this are ITC’s CO2 capture and storage project, notably the world’s largest, and the Boundary Dam Power station that is one of the first clean coal/carbon capture projects. We all agree that we cannot ruin the resources above the earth to get the resources beneath it.
Sitting atop the Williston basin is Canada’s breadbasket. In fact, 45 per cent of the total area of Saskatchewan is valuable farmland. Sharing this valuable resource is our growing oil and gas extraction sector that in 2010 grew by 20.3 per cent. This continuous growth is increasing the demand for suitable land for the disposal of drilling waste and increasing the potential impacts on this natural resource. Industry, government and landowners alike are focused on protecting our natural resources but the traditional methods of managing drilling waste disposal are in dire need of improvement.
The Summit Earth™ Compliance Management System is just such an innovation. Long overdue, this technological advance ensures that soil and water quality are preserved throughout the disposal of drilling waste on our precious farmland. This is achieved through a custom GPS guidance and automation system engineered to regulate and control disposal operations by ensuring regulatory guidelines are met. The Summit Earth™ S3-S Navigator is similar to the precision farming equipment utilized today to optimize field management in the agricultural industry. The S3-S Navigator is mounted onto existing drilling waste disposal equipment, where it regulates disposal operations based on compliance parameters entered into the system. The S3-S Navigator is further partnered with custom web-based GIS software and a data entry platform that has been engineered with powerful compliance management, mapping and reporting capabilities. The combined result is the first and only innovation in the drilling waste management industry that is truly engineered to ensure compliance parameters are met. The direct result is the protection of our natural resources and the proper management of these operations through technology and innovation. This not only affects agriculture but also forestry, fishing and hunting which combined, contributed 11 per cent to Saskatchewan’s Gross Domestic Product in 2010. Forecasters continue to believe that Saskatchewan will be among the leading provinces in real GDP growth as commodity prices and global demand continue to increase.
This innovative industry leading system has been developed by Summit Liability Solutions Inc. (Summit). A proud member of Saskatchewan industry for nearly seven years Summit is Western Canada’s leading environmental service provider with offices in Weyburn, Swift Current, Lloydminster, Calgary and Fort St. John. Summit is focused on environmental stewardship through innovation, technical proficiency, continuous training and service excellence. The Summit Earth™ Compliance Management System is the pinnacle of achievement for a company who believes there is a better way to service our customers.
When it comes to securing the future- whether it is for families, communities, or industries certain things need to be in place- materials and resources, businesses to access them, skilled people to run them, investors to support them and strategies to guide them.4 Summit is excited to ‘Roll On’ with Saskatchewan and lead by example with the province in developing and providing the tools and technology to ensure a sustainable future. Please visit our website at www.summitls.ca for a full demonstration of the Summit Earth™ Compliance Management System.
Simon, Mallory. Saskatchewan a jobs ‘hot spot’ in Canada. CNN World, 4 Mar. 2009. 21 Mar. 2012 <http://articles.cnn.com/2009-03-04/world/saskatchewan.economy_1_saskatchewan-province-unemployment?_s=PM:WORLD>
Sorkin, Andrew Ross. “Worrying Over China and Food.” The New York Times, 11 Oct. 2010. 21 Mar. 2012 <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/12/business/12sorkin.html?_r=1&=dbk#>
Angevine, Gerry and Miguel Cervantes. Global Petroleum Survey 2010. Fraser Institute, 24 June 2010. 21 Mar. 2012 <http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/display.aspx?id=16223>
Government of Saskatchewan. Media: Saskatchewan has what the world needs. Regina: Enterprise Saskatchewan, 2012. <http://www.enterprisesaskatchewan.ca/media>