FREDERICTON, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Petroleum
Producers (CAPP) and the New Brunswick Oil and Natural Gas Association
have agreed to work together to enable responsible growth of the
onshore industry in New Brunswick.
As part of a memorandum of agreement reached in December 13th, 2011, CAPP and the New Brunswick Oil and Natural Gas Association have
formed a task group comprised of representatives from both
associations. The task group's objective is to engage with communities,
business leaders, governments and people interested in an open,
fact-based dialogue about natural gas and oil development.
"Our focus is on a balanced approach to resource development, an
approach that recognizes the importance of integrating energy supply,
economic prosperity and environmental and social performance," said
Paul Barnes, CAPP manager for Atlantic Canada and co-chairman of the
Local oil and gas companies and CAPP recognize the need to engage
directly with people in New Brunswick to answer questions about how our
industry operates. Our track record in regions with a history of
natural gas development shows that natural gas is developed safely in
Canada. We believe industry can establish equally safe and reliable
operations in New Brunswick.
"Natural gas is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel and an opportunity
worth seizing as Canada transitions toward an energy mix with lower
carbon emissions," said Corridor Resources President and CEO Phillip
Knoll, co-chairman of the task group. "Additionally, it provides
significant economic and employment benefit to jurisdictions where it
is developed as well as on a national basis."
"We appreciate the fact that the people of New Brunswick want
constructive discussion about what onshore natural gas development in
the province means from an environmental, economic and energy supply
standpoint. Our perspective is that natural gas can and is being
developed safely and responsibly in other jurisdictions in Canada. We
have a good track record of responsible development, but it is
important that we listen to other voices and respond to the legitimate
concerns of the public," Knoll said.
Following a competitive hiring process, the task group has retained
Angie Leonard from New Brunswick to engage with communities and
business leaders in New Brunswick regarding onshore natural gas and oil
development. Angie is a chartered accountant and recently left a
position in the New Brunswick public service. She has a thorough
understanding of the natural gas sector. Angie will also represent the
industry in Nova Scotia.
"I look forward to my new role," said Angie Leonard, CAPP senior
advisor. "We have an excellent opportunity to develop a natural gas
industry here in a responsible way. We need to make sure there is line
of sight to the benefits provided by industry activity, such as
employment and government revenue. We also need to ensure the industry
understands and is responsive to the concerns of the public."
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents
companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce
natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP's mission is to
enhance the economic sustainability of the Canadian upstream petroleum
industry in a safe and environmentally and socially responsible manner,
through constructive engagement and communication with governments, the
public and stakeholders in the communities in which we operate.
SOURCE Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
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