Canada’s premiers introduce national energy strategy

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Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980 Laura Baziuk July 17, 2015

A national energy strategy has been released by Canada’s premiers.

BC Premier Christy Clark says the strategy will help create jobs in oil and gas that are also environmentally sound.

She adds the plan is in line with BC’s five requirements for heavy oil pipelines.

But Clark says the one calling for world-class spill response on the water needs more attention.

“That is a federal responsibility.”
“The major outstanding condition, the biggest gap between where we need to be and where we are today, in terms of being able to export oil from Alberta … is the fact that we need world-class spill response on the water.

She calls it a “gaping hole” that needs to be crossed.

Overall, the energy strategy aims to conserve energy, develop clean energy, and lower the country’s carbon footprint.

NDP critic Spencer Chandra Herbert asks how Clark can call on the federal government to step up, when her own government still has much to do.

“I agree with the premier that the federal government has continued to leave a gaping hole for spill response in B.C., as we saw in English Bay. But the BC government and Christy Clark has left a gaping hole in terms of land-based spill response.”

He says the Liberals haven’t delivered any legislation or staff to address that need, so Clark needs to look after her own work first.