Energy ministers endorse plan to turn Canada into Energy superpower
EDMONTON - Canada’s energy ministers have reached agreement on the foundations for a plan they say could see the country united in a quest to become a global energy superpower.
That will mean a streamlined regulatory system and a push for more efficient energy use.
It will see governments strongly support export natural gas and oil pipelines. The projects are needed to develop customers outside the United States, which currently buys 97 per cent of Canadian energy exports.
Alberta Energy Minister Ron Liepert said Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway heavy crude pipeline between the Edmonton area and Kitimat, B.C., called a key export link to Asia, would benefit from a national policy.
Northern Gateway is going through National Energy Board hearings starting in January, Liepert said Tuesday at the conclusion of the two-day national energy summit held in Kananaskis Country.
“I would presume before September of next fall that we can work as governments to ensure that the federal cabinet can expedite that decision because, ultimately, it will be a federal cabinet decision.”
Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said the plan’s collaborative approach “implies agreement to exploit resources in a socially and environmentally responsible way for all Canadians.”
He said that “Asia is a growing market and China, in particular, is the biggest consumer of energy in the world, so we are supportive of the Gateway project because it will open up exports.”
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