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Alberta and British Columbia Cancel Pipeline Meeting Amid Strife

Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Alberta Premier Alison Redford and her British Columbia counterpart Christy Clark canceled a meeting scheduled for today in Vancouver amid a disagreement on how economic benefits of pipeline projects should be shared.

Redford and Clark have clashed over British Columbia’s opposition to Enbridge Inc.’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, as landlocked Alberta seeks to move its oil-sands crude to Pacific energy markets. Senior officials from both provinces met yesterday in Vancouver.

“We remain hopeful that common ground will be found between our two provinces on moving energy resources to new markets,” Redford said yesterday in an e-mail statement. “Given the ongoing work between our provinces, the meeting between Premier Clark and I will be postponed.”

Calgary-based Enbridge, Canada’s largest oil pipeline operator, is proposing to build a 1,177-kilometer (731-mile) conduit through British Columbia from Alberta to transport bitumen to Asian customers.

Alberta contends that British Columbia should negotiate the sharing of benefits with oil producers and the pipeline industry, Redford said in the statement.

“While it is clear what British Columbia is asking for, it is not clear why they think that the Government of Alberta is the appropriate partner to negotiate this with,” she said.

Redford is scheduled to speak today on energy industry developments at a forum organized by the Vancouver Board of Trade.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Donville in Vancouver at cjdonville@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Simon Casey at scasey4@bloomberg.net

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