Ralston returns as B.C. energy minister

Bruce Ralston. Image BC NDP

Bruce Ralston has been appointed as minister of energy in B.C. once again, as Premier John Horgan late last week unveiled his new cabinet after securing a majority government in late October.

The official name of the ministry is energy, mines and low carbon innovation, a slight change from the previous energy, mines and petroleum resources.

According to Ralston’s mandate letter, he has been tasked with establishing the BC Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy to drive made-in-B.C. innovations such as carbon capture and storage and renewable fuels.

Also, the ministry is to “undertake a review of oil and gas royalty credits to ensure they meet B.C.’s goals for economic development, a fair return on our resources and environmental protection.”

Ralston is also to “implement world-leading regulations and technologies to support detection and reduction of harmful methane emissions in the oil and gas sector.”

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