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October 15, 2013

DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today issued the following statement regarding news that important progress is being achieved between the Governments of British Columbia and Alberta to advance energy market diversification.

"Our Government is committed to securing new markets for Canada's energy exports. That is why we welcome the release by Premier Clark and Premier Redford of the terms of reference for a joint working group to open new markets and expand export opportunities for the oil and gas sector.

"Responsible development of Canada's natural resources will create jobs and economic growth across Canada and for all Canadians.

"We are doing our part by:

  • Continuing to engage with First Nations to identify ways they can capitalize on the economic opportunities created by major resource projects in their communities.
  • Increasing annual oil and gas pipeline inspections by 50 percent and doubling comprehensive audits of pipelines;
  • Introducing numerous measures to enhance tanker safety, including double hulls, mandatory pilotage, tug boats, surveillance and advanced navigation equipment;
  • Creating a Tanker Safety Expert Panel that will propose new ways to enhance Canada’s world-class tanker safety system, including emergency preparedness; and
  • Proposed legislative measures that would require a minimum financial capability of $1 billion for all major crude oil pipelines.

"Our Government will continue working with the provinces and doing our part to responsibly develop our natural resources and diversify our energy markets for the benefit of all Canadians."

Minister Oliver made this statement from the World Energy Congress in Daegu, South Korea, where he also met with his provincial counterparts from Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec. He is promoting Canada's position as the World's secure and responsible energy supplier and destination for capital investment.

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