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Small oil companies want further changes to SPT

In the 2019-2020 budget presentation, Minister Imbert announced some changes to the fiscal environment under which the oil and gas companies operate, but more so oil. Many oil producers have lobbied for the government to adjust the Supplemental Petroleum Tax (SPT) to make it less burdensome. When the Minister announced the changes, at first glance it seemed like a positive change, however the Minister also announced changes to the capital allowance schedule for energy companies involved in exploration and development. The result will have a negative impact for companies in the oil sector. Paul Baay, President and CEO of Touchstone Exploration said in an interview, “We’re definitely in a worse position than we were before the budget.”

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