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Redford in N.B. talking west-east pipeline

Premier Alison Redford was visiting her counterpart in New Brunswick today to discuss the proposed west-east pipeline.

At the legislature in Fredericton today, she says the inability to reach a coastal shipping route has cost a $6-billion slide in provincial revenue.

She says the biggest challenge is to improve access to international markets.

She’s also scheduled to speak with members of the Saint John Board of Trade, tour the Irving Oil refinery and talk with Premier David Alward.

Alward last night says British Columbia’s opposition last week to the Northern Gateway project puts greater attention on a proposal to build a west-to-east oil pipeline.

They both promote that the development will bring jobs and ensure better energy security for Canada.

Her visit is just four months after Alward made a similar trip to Alberta, where he toured the oilsands.

TransCanada is considering converting a 3,000 kilometre natural gas pipeline to carry crude to Quebec with the possibility to extend it to Saint John.

It’s just looking for solid backing from oil producers by the 17th before making a decision.

June 7th, 2013