Energy and Resource Development Energy and Resource Development Partner announced in nuclear research cluster The New Brunswick Energy Solutions Corporation today announced the participation of Advanced Reactor Concepts (ARC) in the nuclear research cluster that will work on research and development on small modular reactor technology. From left: Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet; Gaëtan Thomas, president and CEO of NB Power; GE Canada president Heather Chalmers; and Don Wolf, CEO and chairman of ARC. 2018070900:00:00 Forest-fire season begins The 2018 forest-fire season in New Brunswick begins April 16. 2018041300:00:00 Investment of $3.9 million in Fredericton walking bridge The provincial, federal and municipal governments will invest a combined $3.9 million to repair and upgrade the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge in Fredericton. From left: Families and Children Minister Stephen Horsman; Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey and Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien. 2017102700:00:00 Chaleur Regional Services Commission prepares to produce electricity NB Power has signed an agreement to buy about 6,000 megawatt hours of power each year for the next 20 years from the Chaleur Regional Services Commission. From left: Michel Losier, executive director of energy efficiency and customer engagement for NB Power, Caraquet MLA Hédard Albert; Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny; Beresford Mayor Jean Guy Grant, who is also chair of the Chaleur Regional Service Commission; Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle; Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry; and Restigouche-Chaleur MLA Daniel Guitard. 2017082800:00:00 Study to determine raccoon, skunk populations Researchers will be setting traps (pictured) in Saint John and Fredericton, as well as forested and agricultural areas in southwestern New Brunswick, to help determine the population density of raccoons and skunks. 2017082100:00:00 Ministers to collaborate on clean growth, development of natural resources and competitiveness Discussions focused on clean growth at the Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference in Saint Andrews, Aug. 13-15. 2017081600:00:00 Caution urged, forestry operations curtailed due to fire hazard The Department of Energy and Resource Development is urging all forest users to increase their vigilance and take steps to reduce risks due to the current and forecasted fire hazard. From left: Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet and Roger Collet, provincial fire prevention officer. 2017080300:00:00 Sisson Mine represents jobs and opportunities for New Brunswick The provincial government welcomed the news today that the Sisson Mine received the federal government’s environmental assessment approval. From left: Carleton-Victoria MLA Andrew Harvey; Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet; federal Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard Minister Dominic LeBlanc; deputy premier Stephen Horsman; and Tobique-Mactaquac MP T.J. Harvey. 2017062300:00:00 Investment in energy efficiency programs The Department of Energy and Resource Development is supporting the Gaia Project, a registered charity working to show young New Brunswickers how to make informed decisions about energy and its impact on the environment. The department is providing the group with $40,000 this year to deliver programs aimed at increasing energy literacy, knowledge of climate change, appreciation for electricity and energy-saving behaviours. From left: Fred Hare, principal of Fundy High School; Jane Burchill, program delivery officer for the Gaia Project; and Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet. 2017062200:00:00 Fish New Brunswick Days REVISED / Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet encouraged people to try angling during Fish New Brunswick Days, June 3-4. These are the only days during fishing season when resident and non-resident anglers are permitted to fish without a licence, and non-residents do not require a guide. In the picture, Doucet gets his 22-month old grandson Alec ready for fishing season. 2017053100:00:00 Hunter education instructor awards New Brunswick's 2016 Firearm Safety / Hunter Education Instructors of the Year have been chosen. Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet presented four International Hunter Education Association prints at today’s awards ceremony at the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Complex in Fredericton. From left: Nathalie Michaud, Edmundston region; Wayde Clifford, Miramichi region; Bryan Vesey, Fredericton region; Doucet and Roger Degrace, Bathurst region. 2017053000:00:00 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 of Devon Lumber; deputy premier Stephen Horsman; and Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey. 2017042800:00:00 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, and Treasury Board President Roger Melanson, who is also the minister responsible for Trade Policy. 2017042400:00:00 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. 2017021000:00:00 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. 2016110400:00:00 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. 2016092000:00:00 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. 2016060300:00:00 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. 2016052700:00:00 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 six fire management staff, three water bombers and one bird dog aircraft, and will be ready to provide these when requested. 2016051200:00:00 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, dean of Engineering at the university; Arseneault; Eduardo Castillo and Julian Meng, professors with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; and Riming Shao, associate researcher with the sustainable power research group. 2016050400:00:00 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 CEPA Foundation board chair; and CEPA president and CEO Chris Bloomer. 2016042800:00:00 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. 2016042500:00:00 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. 2016030900:00:00 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 Stephen Horsman; Rachel Forbes, student; Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault; Jimmy Therrien, executive director of the Gaia Project; Kristen Nicholson, communications officer, Gaia Project; and Miles Goff, technical and program officer, Gaia Project. 2016030300:00:00 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 MP Matt DeCourcey; Siemens Canada president and CEO Robert Hardt; David Burns, vice-president of research at the university and Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault. 2016012800:00:00 2018070900:00:00