Still no timeline for Muskrat Falls report

Members of the opposition push for answers concerning cost and progress of project

Published on May 10, 2017

Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady answers questions Wednesday in the House of Assembly about the final EY report for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

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Muskrat Falls was again at the heart of discussion in the House of Assembly as members of the opposition pushed for a timeline on the project’s final EY report.

“When will we see the final report and the costs associated with it?” Progressive Conservative Leader Paul Davis asked during question period.

Minister of Natural Resources Siobhan Coady was unable to provide a timeline. She did say the report is currently under review.

There’s been a lot of discussion about the reporting process since a former engineer on the project suggested the need for a forensic audit.

Coady didn’t rule out the option.

“Over the last year, our priority was to get the Muskret Falls project on track,” she said. “We’re certainly not opposed to reviewing the mistakes of the past government. We have a lot of questions ourselves.”

Reporters also asked why the final report has taken so long to compile.

Coady said the auditor general is currently working with Nalcor to finish some assessments.

“We’re going to look at his report and determine how we move forward from there.”

NDP Leader Earle McCurdy said he supports the forensic audit, and there are many questions that need answering concerning costs and progress on the project.

McCurdy also highlighted that the Liberals need to stop blaming the past government and take responsibility.

“They’ve been in for 18 months now and they need to say to the people of the province, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do,’” he said.

Davis said he is open to any solution that provides information on the issue.

“The government has been so quiet. They have not provided a single oversight committee report since December 2015,” said Davis. “There’s a lot we don’t know.”


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