Oil and gas development and community interests often align, and activities from industry can affect surrounding areas and populations. Nearby residents, farmers, communities, Aboriginal Peoples, recreational land users, foresters, miners, fishing and shipping interests, local businesses, environmental groups and various government agencies have an interest in the activities that go on.
The petroleum industry understands people have questions and concerns about their operations and that the industry has a responsibility to understand and respond to these concerns.
Those in occupations such as stakeholder relations, government relations and community investment work closely with the people and communities affected by oil and gas development, and host open houses to connect and gather feedback. Policies and guidelines are in place to ensure people are consulted about industry operations.
The petroleum industry also gives back by providing funding support to many local charitable and community-based organizations in areas of operation.