ROBIN GILL: Good evening and thank you for joining us. It was supposed to create jobs for both Canada and the United States, but the proposed 2700-kilometre pipeline that would ship Alberta crude to market in the States has been stalled. The Keystone XL pipeline has become synonymous with controversy and now there's a new push to build another pipeline, this time through northern BC to much bigger markets across the Pacific. Mike Le Couteur has our top story tonight.
MIKE LE COUTEUR (Reporter): The Great Bear Rainforest is one of the most picturesque places in Canada. Soon, it's going to be the new battleground in the fight over Alberta oil. With the Keystone XL pipeline project stalled, the natural resources minister told The West Block's Tom Clark that the government is looking at new customers for our oil.
JOE OLIVER (Natural Resources Minister): There is a real hunger for Canadian resources and Canada is held very highly by, by the Chinese and, and by the Japanese.
LE COUTEUR: Getting our oil to those markets is the main hurdle. Canada would have to build a pipeline through the rainforest in BC and tankers would be wading through the same waters as these whales to ship it to the Far East.
JOHN BENNETT (Sierra Club Executive Director): If the Prime Minister thinks he had trouble getting the pipeline approved in the United States, wait until he tries to deal with Canadians who do not want those pipelines and do not want tankers on the west coast of British Columbia.
ALL: We don't want...
LE COUTEUR: Public pressure is what forced the Obama administration to take a second look at the Keystone XL pipeline, but Canadian officials remain hopeful that they can convince Americans the plan makes good economic sense.
JIM FLAHERTY (Finance Minister): This project, which would create a lot of high-paying jobs in the United States has been delayed, and delayed well into probably 2013, so it's disappointing.
LE COUTEUR: Environmentalists are even more disappointed. They feel that our government should be creating jobs in renewable energy.
BENNETT: I think that the Prime Minister has to realize that he's promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as has President Obama, and you don't do it by expanding the supply of fossil fuels. You do it by reducing the demand for them.
LE COUTEUR: The natural resources minister says the two pipeline projects are not mutually exclusive, so while Canadian officials continue to explore opportunities in Asia, they say they haven't given up hope on selling our oil to the Americans. Robin?
GILL: Mike Le Couteur in Ottawa tonight. Thanks very much, Mike.