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Government working to protect forestry export industry

The provincial government has announced actions aimed at protecting and promoting New Brunswick's forestry industry in light of the decision by the United States government to levy duties against New Brunswick exporters. From left: Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet; Treasury Board President Roger Melanson, who is also the minister responsible for Trade Policy; Harry Gill and Spencer Gill ...

Government to fight for exclusion from border duties on softwood lumber

The provincial government is asserting its support for the New Brunswick softwood lumber industry the week before a preliminary determination is expected from the United States Department of Commerce on their countervailing duty investigations of imports of certain softwood lumber products from Canada. Participating in Friday’s technical briefing and media availability were Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet, left, ...

Government, First Nations reach agreement to advance Sisson Mine project

The provincial government and New Brunswick’s six Maliseet First Nations have reached an accommodation agreement concerning the development of the Sisson Mine. Premier Brian Gallant made the announcement today.

New agreement reached with Enbridge Gas NB

An agreement has been reached that will end Enbridge Gas New Brunswick lawsuits totalling more than $800 million dollars against the provincial government. The announcement was made by Premier Brian Gallant and Cynthia Hansen, the company’s president of gas distribution and power.

National Forest Week is Sept. 18-24

Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet encourages New Brunswickers to learn more about the province’s forestry heritage during National Forest Week, Sept. 18-24.

New Brunswick fire crew helping battle forest fires in Alberta

A group of 19 New Brunswick firefighters (picture here) left the province on May 27 to battle forest fires north of Fort McMurray, Alta. This is the second group of New Brunswick firefighters deployed to the western province. The first crew of 19 was deployed on May 11 and spent 16 days battling fires in Worsley.

Moratorium on hydraulic fracturing to continue indefinitely

As a result of the findings from the Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing, the provincial government will continue its moratorium on hydraulic fracturing indefinitely. The announcement was made today by Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault.

New Brunswick firefighters helping in Alberta

The Department of Natural Resources mobilized a fire crew to assist in Fort McMurray, Alta‎. The crew consists of 20 firefighters, a crew leader and an agency liaison for a total of 22 staff members. The crew, pictured here with Natural Resources Minister Denis Landry, left for Alberta on Wednesday, May 11. The provincial government has also offered to send ...

Ministers tour lab

As part of Innovation Week, Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Stephen Horsman toured Siemens’ smart research and development lab at the University of New Brunswick along with a number of professors, students and lab employees. From left: Neil Larlee, director of strategic planning and regulatory affairs at NB Power; Horsman; Chris Diduch, ...

Gallant addresses Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

Premier Brian Gallant spoke about the importance of Energy East as a nation-building project at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association’s 2016 spring foundation conference in Fredericton. From left: Kim McCaig, executive director, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) Foundation; Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault; Energy East president John Soini; Gallant; Kent Wilfur, vice-president of project execution, Spectra Energy Corp., and ...

Lynx returned safely to the woods

The Canadian lynx discovered in downtown Fredericton on April 16 was returned to the woods on April 22 after spending a week at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute.

Minister Arseneault meets with federal Canadian heritage minister

Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also minister responsible for official languages, met with federal Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly in Ottawa on March 8. During their meeting, they discussed issues of mutual importance, including official languages and Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Funding announced for Gaia Project

The provincial government is investing $40,000 in the Gaia Project, a New Brunswick-based charity dedicated to providing project-based sustainability education to students by working collaboratively with students, teachers, schools, and outside professionals. From left: Lucas Burton, student; Colin Williams, student; Dylan Yoo, student; Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Serge Rousselle; Shayna Barrett, student; Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General ...

NB Power, Siemens and UNB launch network to spur innovation

Siemens Canada, NB Power and the University of New Brunswick are providing local and global companies with a new testing platform to drive innovation and support business ideas for development and export to world energy markets. The Smart Grid Innovation Network was officially launched today. From left: NB Power president and CEO Gaëtan Thomas; Opportunities NB CEO Stephen Lund; Fredericton ...

Minister tours Groupe Savoie facility

Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault recently toured the Groupe Savoie facility in Saint-Quentin. The company harvests and acquires wood, which is then processed and transformed into high-quality hardwood products for a variety of applications. From left: Arseneault; Jonathan Levesque, vice-president of sales and development, Groupe Savoie; and Restigouche West MLA Gilles LePage, in front of Canada’s first bulk delivery ...

Tour of Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station

NB Power president and CEO Gaëtan Thomas, left, and Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault toured the Point Lepreau Generating Station on Jan. 21. The two were joined by plant staff who helped the two better understand how the plant operates and provides power to New Brunswick.

Minister speaks at mining and exploration conference

Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault spoke today at the province’s 40th annual Exploration, Mining and Petroleum Conference at the Fredericton Convention Centre. The conference is a co-operative effort between the New Brunswick Prospectors and Developers Association, the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, and the Department of Energy and Mines. The conference ...

Volunteer Instructor of the Year Award

Natural Resources Minister Denis Landry presented the 2015 Volunteer Instructor of the Year Award for the Firearm Safety/ Hunter Education Program to Marion Borden from Upsalquitch. Borden has been involved in delivering the course for 28 years in the Campbellton area. She taught in the public school system for 32 years and has been able to use her teaching ...

Benefits of Energy East Pipeline discussed

Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault spoke at an event in Edmundston on Oct. 22 to tout the benefits of the Energy East pipeline to create jobs and grow the economy. The event also focused on how companies in northern New Brunswick can apply to become vendors with TransCanada. The event was jointly hosted by Opportunities NB and TransCanada.

Tour of Grand Falls Generating Station

Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault toured the Grand Falls Generating Station on Oct. 22. He spoke about the important role that the hydroelectric dam plays in helping New Brunswick meet its goal of 40 per cent of its in-province electricity sales come from renewable energy by 2020. From left: Marcel Chassé, Grand Falls Generating Station manager of hydro; ...

Speech at energy summit

Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault was the keynote speaker at the 13th Atlantic Canada Energy Summit in Saint John today. Arseneault spoke about the importance of developing the province’s energy sector, including the Energy East pipeline, to create jobs and grow the economy.

Demonstration of the installation of a high-efficiency ductless heat pump

Staff from Réfrigération Plus Inc. joined Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault and NB Power employee Rene Ferguson at the Lanteigne residence in Caraquet for a demonstration of the installation of a high-efficiency ductless heat pump. NB Power is expanding its Smart Habits rebate program to help New Brunswickers save energy and money this heating season with a $500 rebate ...

Demonstration of the installation of a high-efficiency ductless heat pump

Staff from E.T. Mechanical joined Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault and NB Power president and CEO Gaëtan Thomas at the Brown residence in Fredericton for a demonstration of the installation of a high-efficiency ductless heat pump. NB Power is expanding its Smart Habits rebate program to help New Brunswickers save energy and money this heating season with a $500 ...

Swiss Ambassador to Canada visits

Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault, right, met recently with the Swiss Ambassador to Canada, Beat Nobs, in Fredericton to discuss energy and mining opportunities in New Brunswick.

Minister meets with local contractors

Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault and John Van der Put, vice-president of Eastern Pipeline Projects for TransCanada, met with local contractors at Timothy Cook Construction Ltd. in Woodstock. The meeting was to showcase the ability of New Brunswick‎ companies to contribute to the Energy East pipeline project to order to create jobs and grow the economy. From left: ‎Leonard ...