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Members of NB legislature pass motion in support of pipeline

Support grows for pipeline from Alberta to Irving refinery in Saint John.


FREDERICTON—Members of the New Brunswick legislature have unanimously passed a motion stating their support for the construction of a pipeline to ship western crude oil to Eastern Canada.

Support is growing for a proposal that could see a pipeline carry oil from Alberta to the Irving Oil Refinery in Saint John.

Last week federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver toured the refinery and stated his government’s support for a pipeline project.

Oliver said as the US increases its own oil and gas production, it’s vital for Canada to diversify its oil export markets and the west-to-east pipeline would help satisfy that goal.

Speaking in the legislature, Premier David Alward says the government is working towards a future where New Brunswick helps drive the national economy as one of the country’s energy powerhouses.

He says a key element of that is the construction of a pipeline.

©The Canadian Press