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New Brunswick mayor encourages oil firms to realize advantages of west-east pipeline

Saint John mayor Mel Norton says he has been in Alberta talking about "Energy East Pipeline"



CALGARY—A mayor from New Brunswick says it’s important that oil producers realize the advantages of a pipeline that would carry western crude oil to eastern refineries.

Mel Norton of Saint John says he and other delegates have been in Alberta for the last couple of days talking about what’s been dubbed the Energy East Pipeline.

Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. said last month it wants solid backing from shippers before deciding whether to go ahead with a proposal.

Norton says it’s absolutely essential that producers know the opportunities an East-West pipeline could offer and commit to it.

He says the line isn’t a tough sell in Alberta, but suggests it will take work to get all the “in-between” provinces on board.

Norton says it’s an exercise in relationship-building that would ultimately bring economic prosperity to everyone.

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