PM says will limit bitumen exports

Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:09pm EDT
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada will ban the export of tar-like bitumen from the oil sands to countries that do not match Canadian efforts to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday.

"Part of our action plan against carbon emissions involves requiring carbon capture and storage or equivalent reductions for new oil sands operations," he said in an election campaign speech in Calgary, ahead of the October 14 vote.

"In order to ensure this policy is effective, our government will prohibit the exportation of bitumen unprocessed oil to jurisdictions outside Canada that do not have equivalent emission reduction targets," he said.

(Reporting by Jeff Jones, writing by David Ljunggren; editing by Rob Wilson)