Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

April 16, 2010 11:34 ET

Natural Resources Canada : Canada Launches Heavy Oil Working Group to Promote Cleaner Fossil Fuels

WASHINGTON, D.C.--(Marketwire - April 16, 2010) - As part of its commitment to developing cleaner fossil fuels, the Government of Canada today announced the establishment of the Heavy Oil Working Group. The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, initiated the working group with leaders from countries with heavy oil potential in the Americas during the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas.

"This working group will provide a forum for Canada to demonstrate its expertise and share knowledge on oil development and technologies, including the oil sands," said Minister Paradis. "Collaborating with our neighbours in this way will help us all balance energy security and climate change with economic development."

Comprising countries such as Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, the United States and Venezuela, the Heavy Oil Working Group will collaborate on clean energy research to reduce the impact of fossil fuel development. The group will facilitate the exchange of information and the sharing of expertise in the area of heavy oil extraction and development. It will work in partnership with other global networks, heavy oil organizations and industry in participating countries, as well as with research groups, academia and environmental organizations.

The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, announced in 2009 by the U.S., brings together leaders from countries in North America and South America to discuss strengthening energy security, promoting alternative energy resources and acting together to confront the effects of global climate change.

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Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis announced the establishment of the Heavy Oil Working Group today in Washington, D.C., with leaders from countries in North and South America, during the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas. Canada, the United States, Venezuela and other members of the group will collaborate on clean energy research to reduce the impact of fossil fuel development.

The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media:

- Heavy Oil Working Group

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