Energy Minister Blair Lekstrom says there are no staff in his ministry working on offshore drilling at this time.
Lekstrom made the revelation late Wednesday (May 19) afternoon during the estimates debate for his ministry.
"I think it is fair to say that what we're seeing with the environmental disaster taking place in the Gulf [of Mexico] today brings into question whether that can be done," Lekstrom said, according to Hansard. "So we will not pursue the extraction of any resource in this province unless it can be done in a manner as I stated, and we stand by that."
During the same debate, NDP energy critic John Horgan asked Lekstrom if the Oil and Gas Commission had done any work in connection with peak oil.
Peak oil is the point when global oil production will start going down because of diminishing supplies.
Lekstrom replied that staff are following the peak oil debate.
"There are people that think we have plateaued or peaked, and there are others that don't," he said, according to Hansard. "So it's an ongoing debate, and our staff do follow that."
It's the first time the B.C. government has publicly acknowledged the possibility of global oil production peaking.
Horgan then asked Lekstrom if he's prepared to table any documents or briefing materials produced by his ministry on peak oil for the public to review.
"I will point out that we do have a PowerPoint that we will ensure that we get to the member," Lekstrom said. "As well, I would offer, if the member would want, a briefing to the member on the issue of peak oil, through our ministry."
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