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Resources minister Joe Oliver sees big challenge in pipeline effort – Globe and Mail

Dec. 18 2013

Ottawa faces a big challenge in winning the support of Canadians – especially aboriginal people – for development of energy pipelines to the west coast, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said on the eve of the National Energy Board’s report on Enbridge Inc.’s controversial Northern Gateway Project.

In an interview Wednesday, Mr. Oliver said the Harper government has taken significant steps to improve pipeline and tanker safety, but needs to improve its capacity to respond in the event of an offshore accident, and to build trust with First Nations people.

“Absolutely, there’s work to be done,” Mr. Oliver said.

“Generally, there are people who are critical, but there are also people who are hopeful and want to go ahead, but they’re not going to compromise on the environmental safety.”

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