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Ball Government owes explanation and apology over Methylmercury
“Premier Ball testified at the Muskrat inquiry last week that he wanted reservoir capping done but the former Minister of Environment Andrew Parsons failed to deliver”, PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie said today...
Monday, July 8, 2019

Office of the Official Opposition 

For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (July 8, 2019) – “Premier Ball testified at the Muskrat inquiry last week that he wanted reservoir capping done but the former Minister of Environment Andrew Parsons failed to deliver”, PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie said today.

“The Minister at the time was Andrew Parsons. Premier Ball has a responsibility to find out what happened and he and Minister Parsons owe the people whose health is affected an apology”, Crosbie said.

“Was the failure to issue the permit that Nalcor asked for incompetent or deliberate, and what was the Premier’s role?” Crosbie asked.

Crosbie said that the Ball Liberal government knew there was unanimous support for capping wetlands in the Muskrat reservoir to prevent escape of methylmercury, and that the work had to be done by fall last year.

Methylmercury mitigation was in the news media that summer and fall and it was part of Crosbie’s questioning of the government in October during his first day in the legislature after winning the Windsor Lake by-election.

From her district in Torngat Mountains, MHA Lela Evans said the president of Nunatsiavut government complained publically in August last year that the Ball provincial government was intentionally delaying to ensure there would not be enough time to implement recommendations before they flooded the reservoir. “It has turned out President Lampe was right. The health of the people will be impacted as a result of government’s bad faith”.

 

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