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NEWS RELEASE · 23rd July 2012
BC Conservatives
Cummins announces plans for Northern Gateway and Western Strategy for Energy Exports

John Cummins, Leader of British Columbia's Conservatives, today announced the conditions that a new BC Conservative government would require for the construction of Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline and any other projects that aim to open up markets in Asia for Canadian energy.

"First, the current pipeline proposal, Northern Gateway, must pass the strict and rigorous environmental assessment process currently underway, and must satisfy any conditions imposed on it by the assessment," said Cummins.

"Secondly, British Columbia should be compensated for having Western Canadian oil cross our province. BC is well positioned to take advantage of projects like Northern Gateway and LNG projects that bring opportunities for individuals and families."

"A new BC Conservative government will enter into negotiations with the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan, to develop a benefit sharing structure for Western Canadian oil bound for West Coast export. These negotiations will take place within the framework of the New West Partnership Agreement."

"With many proposed pipelines we believe that a negotiated comprehensive approach makes more sense than a one-off deal on a single project. I am confident that through reasoned and transparent negotiations with the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan a fair deal can be reached that benefits British Columbia."