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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.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL:Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says helicopters used to transport workers to offshore oil fields should have at least the same safety standards as those used by the Canadian Armed Forces.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

New Canadian Forces helicopters from Sikorsky, the same manufacturer of the helicopter that crashed off St. John’s in 2009, are required to have a thirty-minute run dry capability.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL:Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants to know the status of an oil spill readiness report the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said it would have completed by March 31.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) tried to clarify government’s position on appointments to the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board, as well as its plans for developing vital industries and how the financial crisis it has created affects promises already made.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I got distracted.

Mr. Speaker, with the resignation of Mr. Reg Bowers, there is a seat vacant on the C-NLOPB. This board is tasked with managing our offshore oil resources and it is essential that the best-qualified people are chosen to serve.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.
It is good to see the Premier standing up for the workers of Newfoundland and Labrador today.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

 

NDP Labour Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) demanded today that government look at introducing a safer work rotation for offshore employees.

“We have studies showing that a huge majority of accidents and stress happen in the third week of the three-week rotation at sea,” Kirby noted. “In Norway and Great Britain, workers are at sea for just two weeks.

 

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