MHAs, MPs decry lack of movement on offshore safety agency
A few members of the provincial House of Assembly and some Members of Parliament have recently issued one more public call for the federal government to bring in an independent safety regulator for Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil fields.
Liberal Leader Dwight Ball sought to lay blame for the lack of movement on the idea in the House of Assembly. “I ask the Premier: It has been three years since you publicly supported the recommendation of the commissioner,” he said, referring to the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board’s offshore helicopter safety inquiry, “Why have you not been able to secure an independent safety offshore regulator?”
NDP MP Jack Harris and particularly fellow NDP MP Ryan Cleary brought the issue to the floor of the House of Commons Monday.
“Where is the independent safety regulator Mr. Speaker? It’s been three years,” Cleary said, noting the Dunderdale government has publicly supported the idea.