Rachel Notley disappointed over language used to describe Alberta crude

by Ian Campbell Posted Nov 6, 2015 1:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian Press Rachel Notley disappointed over language used to describe Alberta crude Alberta’s Premier says she wasn’t surprised by the U.S. government’s decision to reject Keystone XL but she was disappointed in some of the language being used to describe oilsands crude.Rachel Notley was asked to respond over comments made by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest who said Keystone would release some of the dirtiest oil on the planet.President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry each made similar statements and cited their reasoning had to do with environmental concerns.“The decision today underlines the need to improve our environmental record and enhance our reputation so that we can achieve our goal of building Canada’s energy infrastructure including pipelines to new markets,” said Notley, calling some of the remarks made unnecessary.Notley said she was pleased with the work that’s being undertaken at the moment to present a new climate change plan to fellow governments at an upcoming summit in Paris.“I spoke this morning with Prime Minister Trudeau about building this infrastructure which should continue to be a national priority and reinforced both the Alberta and Canadian economies need infrastructure that get Alberta’s energy resources to tide water and he agreed we need to work collaboratively on this project,” she said.She says it’s their hope future projects will be debated solely on their economic merits.“Alberta’s energy industry is important to families here and across the country and I will work hard to support it’s sustainability,” she said.Alberta’s Premier says if it’s not Keystone, they have to redouble their efforts to getting product to tide water through other sources.She downplayed a question as to whether there will be added pressure now on her, in terms of making some of the other pipelines a reality.“My focus now is on focusing on those things over which we do have domain and we are going to work very hard to build and maintain our economic relationship with the United States.”