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Crosbie demands Ball release documents on botched wetland capping as Parsons continues to duck interviews
Premier Ball must explain how the so-called “miscommunication” on wetland capping occurred under his watch
Monday, August 12, 2019

Office of the Official Opposition 

For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (August 12, 2019) – PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie said that Premier Ball must explain how the so-called “miscommunication” on wetland capping occurred under his watch. In written briefs to the Muskrat Falls inquiry posted yesterday, Premier Ball and Natural Resources Minister Coady state that the error resulted from a “…miscommunication between the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment and the Cabinet about the possible timeframe for scheduling the work".

Crosbie pointed out that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment was Andrew Parsons when Nalcor requested a permit to undertake wetland capping to prevent methylmercury contamination in July 2018, and that Parsons has repeatedly ducked interview requests. Crosbie said “Premier Ball has blamed one of his own Ministers for the fumbling of the deadline for wetland capping in the Muskrat Falls reservoir.”

Crosbie said that Premier Ball testified to the inquiry that everyone in government knew he wanted wetland capping completed, and that this failure raises questions to which we need answers. He added that "The inquiry commissioner ruled that his terms of reference require him to consider actions taken regarding methylmercury contamination, so Premier Ball should immediately release the documents that contain the miscommunication and show how and why it was made."

Crosbie also said that because the money needed to pay for capping was under Nalcor's purview, he questions the need for Cabinet to be involved and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment Parsons should have simply issued the permit on time.

 

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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