NDP Leader questions Nalcor’s Massachusetts lobbying, requests update on west coast oil exploration

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) addressed energy issues today in the House of Assembly. She first asked why Nalcor executives were in Boston this week lobbying Massachusetts lawmakers on that state’s proposed clean energy bill.

“Nalcor is in Massachusetts lobbying lawmakers to pass a clean energy bill which Nalcor hopes will lead to financing of their proposed Gull Island hydro project,” Michael said in the House of Assembly today.

“I ask the minister, why is a utility which can barely keep the lights on in this province continuing to build on its Muskrat Falls folly?

“Is government condoning Nalcor's construction of an even larger and more expensive hydroelectric project?”

Michael also wants to know, in the wake of a CNLOPB report released on Monday, the status of an ongoing offshore boundary dispute with the province of Quebec.

“The completion of the CNLOPB’s environmental assessment of oil exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is a green light to industry for further offshore oil exploration in that area. A border dispute with Quebec on the Old Harry remains a major obstacle,” she said.

“I ask the Premier, what is the status of our boundary dispute with Quebec over the Old Harry oil prospects?”

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