Regional leaders pledge energy cooperation

Posted Sept. 15, 2009, at 4:15 p.m.

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick — New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers pledged greater cooperation to meet the region’s future energy needs as they wrapped up their annual meeting Tuesday.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest said it makes sense to work together to ensure predictable and reliable energy. Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri called it an important moment in history for energy in the region.

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams said the governors and premiers must find a regional solution before one is imposed by their two federal governments. But Kenneth Irving, president of Fort Reliance, formerly Irving Oil, warned the leaders not to put too much emphasis on just one energy source.

Irving said it’s good to create an energy corridor into New England, but it should be able to handle power lines, natural gas and other energy supplies, depending on future demand.