Monday, March 14, 2011
Elizabeth Matthews pulls her name out of the Offshore Petroleum Board ring
Matthews goes on to say, “In that role, I was a part of a team that advised the Premier and Cabinet on major policy and negotiations including energy and other projects. Despite Opposition Party claims to the contrary, I was also a part of the team for several projects related to offshore oil and gas development including the Hebron offshore development, the renewed Atlantic Accord, Hibernia South extension, White Rose extension and the Lower Churchill project.”
One thing she should have learned from her time at Danny’s side is the people who work in the petroleum industry are experts in their field. They understand the industry and are good at what they do. That’s why they’re getting mega-rich from the offshore wells and we’re doing pretty good ourselves, thank you. The last thing the industry needs at what we can only hope will be a time of serious transformation in terms of safety issues, is an ex-political flack. Being the first one in the Premier’s office to take the call about the Cougar disaster does not a petroleum industry executive make.
One thing I do give her credit for. She’s apparently got enough savvy and I expect Williams was involved in the decision, to know when the jig is up and you can’t win. There are so many patronage positions out there that you could probably walk on them from here to Twillingate without ever touching the pavement. I think we’re fortunate and the offshore workers are lucky that at least one of them won’t be in a position of authority in an industry that requires expertise. Not to worry. Her name will pop up soon enough again. Just keep your eye out for those $200-thousand jobs.
(If you’re interested in reading Ms. Matthews complete press release, click here)