‘There were some dark nights’: Alberta’s oilfield workers fight for jobs and hope as industry flounders

Chris Malmberg knows seven people who have taken their own lives in the past five years.

Since the price of oil nosedived in 2015, the industry has weathered hard years marked by layoffs and job losses. Coupled with the crippling onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which at one point forced the price of oil below $0 per barrel, Malmberg said there isn’t a lot of optimism out there about the future of the industry.

“There’s just no rainbow. There’s no real light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.


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