FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement was issued by Premier Brian Gallant today regarding TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline application to the National Energy Board:

Our priority is creating jobs and growing our economy. That is why our government has supported the Energy East pipeline since day one. Yesterday’s application from TransCanada to the National Energy Board is a major step for the future of our province as it will create new jobs for New Brunswickers and better position the province to seize new opportunities.

This is a tremendous nation-building project offering economic benefits for all Canadians.

This is an industry that New Brunswick understands. We have decades of experience in the petroleum sector coupled with a solid environmental track record.

We value the National Energy Board hearing process and look forward to playing a role.