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Wall says Trudeau should champion energy sector

Saskatchewan premier puzzled by new rules for assessing major resource.


REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the National Energy Board can play referee on the Energy East pipeline, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should take a stand.

Wall says the energy sector needs a champion in the federal government and the Prime Minister’s Office.

The premier also says new rules announced last week for assessing major resource projects such as oil pipelines are puzzling.

Pipelines are to be assessed in part on greenhouse gas emissions produced “upstream” in the extraction and processing of any oil the lines would carry.

Wall says an environmental review is essential, but it appears Ottawa is treating the energy sector differently than other industries that also move goods or chemicals across Canada.

Energy East would transport about one million barrels of oil a day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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