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Loewen to introduce motion urging government action on pipelines, tanker ban

Today, Wildrose Shadow Environment Minister Todd Loewen will introduce a motion urging the federal government to reverse a planned moratorium on tanker traffic on the west coast and to swiftly approve the Energy East, Trans Mountain, and Northern Gateway pipeline projects.

A moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic would likely block the Northern Gateway pipeline from being built. Recent regulatory changes at the federal level have also added layers of red tape and uncertainty for the Energy East and Trans Mountain projects.

“This is an opportunity for all MLAs in Alberta to send a clear message to the rest of Canada that a strong energy sector in Alberta is crucial to a thriving economy across the country,” Loewen said. “There is an urgent need to have these pipelines approved.”

These projects would create tens of thousands of jobs for Albertans, and generate over $430 billion in economic growth over 30 years as well as an immediate $30 billion in private sector investment.

Besides recently reversing its long-held stance against pipelines, the NDP government has done little to effectively counter the actions taken to undermine pipelines by energy opponents.

“We have seen strong support in Alberta for these pipelines and the jobs they would create, and all parties should reflect that support,” Loewen said.