Government Missed Opportunity to Advocate for Keystone

CALGARY, AB (August 27, 2015): Dr. David Swann expressed his disappointment today that the Minister of Environment did not take advantage of an opportunity to engage US lawmakers on the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“It’s no secret that Keystone is a top priority for the energy industry,” says Swann. “I’m surprised and frankly disappointed that the Minister of Environment would not take this opportunity to discuss it.”

Earlier today Environment Minister Shannon Phillips hosted a delegation from the US congress, including presidential candidate Senator Lyndsey Graham. In a hastily called media scrum late this afternoon, Phillips admitted she did not speak to the delegation about Keystone.

“I think the government had an obligation to advocate for this important project, and seek to understand any concerns. I’m disappointed this opportunity was lost,” added Swann.