ARCHIVED - Minister Oliver Comments on Government of B.C.’s Submission to the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel

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May 31, 2013

OTTAWA — Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Joe Oliver, today issued the following statement in response to the Government of B.C.’s submission to the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel: 

“An independent, comprehensive, science-based evaluation of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline is currently underway. The deadline to submit written comments was today. We will review the independent Joint Review Panel's recommendation when it is published by December.

“We have been clear: resource development will not proceed unless it is safe for Canadians and safe for the environment. That is why, for our part, we are moving forward with our plans to further enhance marine and pipeline safety and to engage with First Nations on West Coast energy infrastructure.

“The objective of diversifying our export markets for energy remains a critical priority for our government.

“Resource industries make up 13 percent of the British Columbia economy. They support thousands of jobs and generate billions in royalties and tax revenue to fund hospitals, schools and other critical services across our country.

“We look forward to continued engagement with all provinces on market diversification for oil and gas.”

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