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Oil field services company caught in controversy over graphic Greta Thunberg decal

Last Updated Feb 27, 2020 at 1:55 pm MST

A pumpjack works at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – An Alberta oil and gas services company is caught up in controversy after a decal surfaced online.

A post has been circulating on social media of what appears to be a decal depicting teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in a sex position with the logo of X-Site Energy Services on the bottom.

Due to the graphic nature of what is depicted, 660 NEWS is not publishing it online.

General Manager of X-Site Doug Sparrow has received hundreds of emails and social media messages complaining about it.

He claims the company is not involved in making the sticker.

“It’s not from X-Site or any employee, someone has done this. That’s all I know.”

Sparrow said the entire situation has made him sick and even forced him to shut down his Facebook and Linkedin page because of the negative comments.

However, several users online dispute that claim.

Michelle Narang is one of them saying she called Sparrow on Wednesday to talk about the decals.

She said he knew about them and the company was involved with distributing them.

“You’re okay then with having your logo attached to a sticker that depicts the rape of a child? His response was ‘she’s not a child, she’s 17.'”

Narang said she’s disgusted by the picture adding it’s damaging to an oil and gas industry already fighting to gain people’s trust.

“There are good and amazing people that work in this industry that would be disgusted and are disgusted by this imagery and silent is what allows us to carry on and that’s not okay.”

Velocity Graphics in Red Deer said they have made custom decals for the company in the past, but clearly state online that they did not create these decals for X-Site.

Edson RCMP says the detachment is aware of the decal and is following up.