Recently, the U.S. Department of State released its draft Supplement Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline, which, if approved by the Obama administration, would connect Canada’s oil sands with U.S. refineries in the Gulf Coast. The debate surrounding the pipeline has brought increased attention to the Canadian province of Alberta—which, with an estimated 170 billion barrels—is home to the world’s third-largest proven reserves of oil.
On April 9, the Energy Security Initiative at Brookings hosted Alison Redford, the premier of Alberta, for a discussion on the the Alberta-U. S. energy relationship, environmental efforts undertaken by her administration, and the Keystone XL pipeline.
Senior Fellow Charles Ebinger, director of the Energy Security Initiative, provided introductory remarks. Brookings Trustee Daniel Yergin, chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, moderated the discussion with Premier Redford.