OTTAWA, O.N. — Canada’s Natural Resources Minister acknowledges there’s considerable urgency to building new Canadian pipeline capacity to tidewater.
Carr says there is understanding of the importance of the moment, and that he understands the opportunity.
“We’re working intensely and collaboratively across the government, and we’re determined to get it right in a timely way.”
According to the Canadian Press, two oil pipeline proposals for the Pacific Coast have been undermined by a B.C. Supreme Court ruling this week and discouraging signals from B.C.’s provincial government, just as Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr is taking part in intense briefings on his new portfolio in Justin Trudeau’s new Liberal majority government.
Carr’s mandate includes expanding Canada’s market for oil and gas, However, his challenge comes amid a global oil slump that is causing international prices to spiral down, and cutting into Alberta’s oilpatch.
He is also tasked with reworking the National Energy Board, and environmental assessments in an effort to restore the public’s confidence in the way these projects receive approval.
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