Government of Canada

Government of Canada

March 06, 2014 17:36 ET

Minister Oliver Welcomes National Energy Board Approval of Line 9 Reversal

Harper Government Continues its Commitment to Creating Jobs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 6, 2014) - Natural Resources Canada

The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today issued the following statement on the National Energy Board's (NEB) decision to approve the flow reversal on Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline:

"The reversal of Enbridge's Line 9 will allow crude oil from Western Canada to flow east to the Suncor refinery in Montreal and the Valero refinery in Lévis, Quebec. This will protect high-quality, skilled jobs in Quebec and create market opportunities for Western Canada's oil producers. Furthermore, by replacing higher-cost foreign crude with Canadian crude, the reversal will strengthen Quebec's refining and petrochemical industries.

"The National Energy Board has conducted an independent, scientific review of Enbridge's application. This process was thorough and involved more than 170 participants. The NEB heard testimony from 60 intervenors including four First Nations, 23 associations and 12 governmental organizations. In addition, the NEB received comments from 111 individuals, including numerous experts who provided technical advice. This exhaustive review considered the potential impact of the project on safety and the environment and also the views of affected Canadians and Aboriginal Peoples.

"Our Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity while ensuring Canadians benefit from world-class environmental protection and safety standards. Our government has been clear: no resource development will proceed unless it is safe for Canadians and safe for the environment. Through our plan for Responsible Resource Development, the Government has doubled pipeline safety audits. Further, the Government intends to require companies operating major crude oil pipelines to have a minimum of $1 billion in financial capacity, in the unlikely event of an incident."

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