Business as usual in Albertas push for Keystone despite Redfords resignation

by News Staff Posted Mar 22, 2014 3:15 pm MDT Business as usual in Alberta’s push for Keystone despite Redford’s resignation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta’s leadership may be in the midst of a change-up, but the energy minister is assuring the government will stay the course for projects like the Keystone XL pipeline, that would bring Alberta crude oil to Texas, and the Kinder Morgan pipeline, that would move crude oil to Burnaby, BC.Diana McQueen is losing two political champions of the projects as Premier Allison Redford’s resignation goes into effect Sunday, and Federal Minister Joe Oliver drops his natural resources portfolio to inherit Canada’s finances from Jim Flaherty.McQueen said she is still optimistic going forward.“I’m going to continue and I know our government will continue to work very hard on these projects, these are extremely important for Alberta, for our other provinces and for our nation as a whole, and it’s job one for me,” said McQueen.She was in Houston last week promoting the project, saying she would be personally available as the U.S. mulls over the impact statement on the pipeline.“What we’ve said to Washington is, anytime if they need more information, I’ve offered that myself,” said McQueen. “We respect the decision-making process they’re in right now, but if there is any additional information they need, or if they need us down in Washington, we’ll be there in a minute.”Obama has said he will wait for a 90-day comment period on the impact report before making any kind of decision or announcement on the pipeline.They are about one-third of the way into that timeframe. read more