_News Talk 770
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says she can't sign onto a national energy strategy before resolving a dispute 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 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 says she won't endorse a deal before discussions take place with Ottawa and Alberta over how B-C would be compensated for allowing the $5.5-billion pipeline to transit through the province. Alberta Premier Alison Redford has been pushing for the National Energy Strategy since becoming leader of the governing Conservatives.