EDMONTON, AB (April 2, 2013): Today, the Wildrose Official Opposition restated its support for a west-to-east pipeline project after TransCanada announced it was putting out a call for bids along a proposed pipeline to the east. Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith said a pipeline to the east is a necessary project to improve Alberta’s distribution capacity and increase the value of Alberta’s natural resources.
“Projects like these are critical to Alberta’s continued economic growth,” Smith said. “I am happy to see the idea of a west-to-east pipeline get some traction in the private sector as we continue to search for ways to get our product to market and maximize its value.” Smith voiced support for a west-to-east pipeline in a speech to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa last March. “With pipelines in place all the way to Montreal, the next step would be to a build a pipeline to the deepwater port in Saint John, New Brunswick, that currently imports crude. Let’s upgrade more oilsands in Canada using retrofitted existing facilities across the country,” Smith said. “This would increase the use of domestically produced crude, eliminate imports, then export the remainder into new markets using an Atlantic marine route.” Wildrose Energy Critic Jason Hale said the project would have positive spinoffs across the country. “It is critical for Alberta to have access to new markets and to increase product distribution for our primary natural resource,” Hale said. “The west-to-east pipeline project would mean more refining and jobs here in Canada, and would be an economic boon for Alberta and all of Canada.”