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Premier Dave Hancock issued the following statement regarding the Government of Canada’s decision on the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
“Today’s decision by the federal government to accept the National Energy Board’s recommendations on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal is a step forward in accessing new markets for Canada’s energy resources.
“New markets for our products will create and support more jobs, and generate increased revenue to help pay for vital public services like quality health care and education for all Canadians.
“Alberta will continue to support all safe and viable options to diversify and expand market access for Canada’s resources. This includes increasing current pipeline capacity, developing new pipelines and moving product by rail. Getting product to market is vital to addressing the increased demand as well as a key factor in our country’s economic prosperity.
“Every Canadian, no matter what province they reside in, expects that energy development is done with high standards of environmental protection. Our government continues to take action to meet that expectation by ensuring Alberta’s resources are developed in a transparent, regulated and environmentally responsible manner.
“We recognize there is still much work to be done with the Northern Gateway project and we look forward to the opportunities it presents for all Canadians.”
Diana McQueen, Minister of Energy will hold a media availability at 4:30 p.m. in the Legislature Media Room. Media may also call into the media availability.
Media dial in: 1-888-231-8189
Conference ID: 62904273
Reporters must provide their conference ID, name, affiliation, and telephone number to the conference operator
Reporters are encouraged to dial in 15 minutes early to ensure participation
Participants will be able to hear all questions and responses
To ask a question: Press *1
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