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PM optimistic on Arctic gas [MGP]

PM optimistic on Arctic gas
Published: Thursday, August 28, 2008

TUKTOYAKTUK, N.W.T. -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper said yesterday he remains optimistic the $16.2-billion Mackenzie gas project in the Arctic will eventually proceed, despite years of delays.

The proposed Mackenzie Valley pipeline, which would carry gas to markets in Canada and the United States from three large fields in the Mackenzie River Delta, has been mired in a lengthy regulatory process while costs have surged.

Harper said the project meant more to Canada than just a "commercial gas project."

"It is ultimately about opening up a region of the country in a way that it has not been opened up before and of establishing our economic reach and sovereignty in a way it has never been done before," he said.

© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2008


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