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Today Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie said the Astaldi stop-work order ‎is yet another troubling Muskrat Falls Project management problem that has arisen on the watch of the Ball Liberals.
Friday, October 19, 2018

St. John’s, NL (October 19, 2018) – Today Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie said the Astaldi stop-work order ‎is yet another troubling Muskrat Falls Project management problem that has arisen on the watch of the Ball Liberals. 

"Under Liberal leadership, the Muskrat Falls Project continues to run into trouble. On the Ball government's watch since 2015, the hydro project's costs have apparently risen by some $3.7 billion, raising concerns about the final cost and how it will be paid." said Crosbie

Nalcor has acknowledged that the‎ first priority in overseeing the Astaldi stop-work order is to look out for the workers affected - to get them safely from the work site and to secure their pensions and benefits plans.

But questions remain unanswered about the implications of this decision on the project's schedule ‎and cost.

The Natural Resources Minister has not yet responded to a request from the Opposition for information on the specific contract provisions that protect ‎workers' benefits. 

"The onus is on the province, through Nalcor, to secure the benefits of the many workers who have been building the project. In the face of the uncertainty that recent developments have caused, the Premier needs to assure workers that their interests will be protected."

This new development follows recent concerns about software issues that could affect power transmission along the new lines‎; concerns about the Premier's willingness to honour his agreement with Indigenous communities on environmental issues; and the lack of answers on rate mitigation. 

"It's time to reopen the House of Assembly so we can hold the Premier and his ministers to account for the impacts of their management on the project's costs, time lines and work force."

Bradley Russell
Director of Policy and Research
(p) 1.709.729.3668
(c) 1.709.685.3161
BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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