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N.B. denied access to N.S. gas supply

FREDERICTON, N.B. -- New Brunswick truckers hoping to see a boom of pipeline construction as New Brunswick taps int...


FREDERICTON, N.B. — New Brunswick truckers hoping to see a boom of pipeline construction as New Brunswick taps into Nova Scotia’s natural gas supply will have to wait a little longer.

The much-ballyhooed decision on part of the lucrative natural gas fields off the Nova Scotia coast was dismissed yesterday by the Natural Energy Board (NEB). The mood in Nova Scotia shortly after the NEB decision was reportedly one of relief. Premier John Hamm says his province dodged an economic catastrophe with this decision.

The crux of the gas debate was whether Canadian companies were getting equal access to natural gas reserves being drilled off the coast of Nova Scotia. At no time was either side looking for subsidized gas, but the New Brunswick government was looking for a new regulatory system surrounding the resource.

Natural Resource and Energy Minister Jeannot Volpe says he’s had discussions with the federal government about the issue and the debate will not die just because of yesterday’s NEB decision.


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