Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver tours refinery, touts west-east pipeline

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. - The federal natural resources minister visited Canada's largest oil refinery today in a bid to drum up support for the development of a pipeline to ship Alberta crude to Eastern Canada.

Joe Oliver toured the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, N.B., before promoting the proposal in a speech to members of the city's board of trade.

Oliver says construction of the pipeline would be in the national interest, create jobs and stimulate investment in Atlantic Canada.

He says as the United States increases its own oil and gas production, Canada needs to diversify its oil export markets and the west-to-east pipeline would help that goal.

Irving Oil president Mike Ashar says the company wants to buy more oil from Alberta and would like to see the pipeline project become a reality.

Organizations: Irving Oil

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, SAINT JOHN, Alberta United States

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  • Pete
    January 27, 2013 - 22:02

    I totally agree with the pipe line. I believe there are some lines in place now that can be used. Refine in Canada. Also it is a must for more refinement in Canada as we are running out of storage space. Would be a good way to get the excess to the East Coast and export what the refinery can not handle. Mind you we need to have a buyer for the oil first. Also I can not see why Sask. and Alberta do not invest in refineries. Would create jobs and much needed income.