British Columbia Premier Christy Clark fields questions about a national energy strategy at the annual Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax on Friday, July 27, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
HALIFAX - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says she can't sign onto a national energy strategy before resolving a dispute with Alberta over the Northern Gateway pipeline.
Clark stepped out of meetings at the Council of the Federation in Halifax to make the announcement as premiers worked to cobble together a pan-Canadian strategy on energy.
Clark says she can't endorse a deal before discussions take place with Ottawa and Alberta over how B.C. would be compensated for allowing the multibillion-dollar pipeline to transit through the province.
She says her province is bearing too much risk from potential oil spills at sea or on land, while receiving only eight per cent in tax benefits.
Clark has said she decided to ask for an unspecified share of royalties and revenues after doing analysis on the pipeline, which will move bitumen from Alberta to the B.C. coast for shipment to Asia.