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The Roughneck

The Roughneck
The Roughneck 
was founded in 1952 as the voice of the Canadian oil community. The magazine reports on the people and events of that community - both past and present - that have made the oilpatch in Canada what it is today.

The Roughneck analyzes political events that affect the industry and profiles people and businesses that are a part of it. The magazine covers the news that others miss because it is a part of the industry about which it writes. Opinions expressed herein are those of the staff writers and may not reflect those of the magazine's readers or advertisers.

6 The Douglas Diatribe

  • Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast – Not by Shutting Oilsands Projects

8 Money Matters

  • Employee Benefit Packages Need Wise Decisions

10 Much Ado About Nothing

  • The Today Problem of a Once Great Nation

12 Focus on Saskatchewan

  • Is Separation for Saskatchewan Unworkable?
  • Federated Co-op’s CEO Rebukes Union for Refinery Strike in Regina & Protests at Other FCL Sites
  • Production in Bakken Slowing


  • A Fireside Chat Part II

27 Pipelines

  • Walking the Line: Ensuring Safe Operation of a High-Pressure Pipeline

29 Jokes

30/31 Rig Count, Ad Index

Front Cover

Canada’s attitude to Saskatchewan is generally belittling, condescending, and patronizing. The province, we’re told, is really nice, really nice, in the same way that spaniels are nice dogs, waiters are really professional, and chlamydia is the best of the sexually transmitted diseases.