On Monday, B.C. Premier Christy Clark chose her new cabinet and Rich Coleman was given the appointment as Energy Minister.

Coleman is the fourth Energy Minister given the appointment in the last year, a position especially important to residents and industry in the northeast.

Although there has been a considerable amount of turnover with the position, the ministry, itself, has remained stable, says Coleman.

He says he will rely heavily on his two parliamentary secretaries for help with the energy portfolio. One of those people is North Peace MLA Pat Pimm. Coleman says he has already met with Pimm a few times and is confident with his abilities to assist with the workload.

He also says he believes the northeast will continue to flourish through the oil and gas industry.

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Furthermore, despite the extremely low numbers in the petroleum and natural gas bonus bids for 2011, Coleman says he is not worried and that the ministry will look into how it can attract more bonus bids.

Coleman is the MLA for Fort Langley- Aldergrove and is also the Minister Responsible for Housing.