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Witnesses from Astaldi yet to be named for Muskrat Fall Inquiry

Schedule includes Premier Dwight Ball, former premier Paul Davis

The witness list is out for the next round of daily, public hearings for the Muskrat Falls Inquiry, this time focusing on the hydroelectric project’s construction.

The list was released Wednesday and shows — within the lengthy schedule — four days where individuals from Astaldi Canada will be expected to take the stand.

Astaldi is the contractor that was hired to lead construction of the Muskrat Falls intake, powerhouse, spillway and transition dams. The contractor was ordered off the main construction site by project proponent Nalcor Energy in 2018, and remains in a legal fight with the Crown corporation.

Inquiry co-counsel Barry Learmonth told The Telegram the current thinking is at least two witnesses will appear on behalf of Astaldi at the inquiry. He said the names are not on the current schedule only because they have yet to be confirmed.

There are other dates in the new schedule where witnesses are listed as “to be determined.” That includes on March 6, when it notes only that a panel of individuals who worked on the project will be called.

A public call was issued in early January for anyone who worked on the project, and believed they could speak about why the project costs increased dramatically during construction.

Nalcor Energy president and CEO Stan Marshall is scheduled to appear as well (in June), as is former president and CEO Ed Martin (in May).

The witness list includes a handful of current and former provincial politicians, including former premiers Tom Marshall, Paul Davis and Kathy Dunderdale.

Premier Dwight Ball is last on the schedule, set for June 25-27.

The witness schedule is subject to change at any time, with the latest available on the inquiry website (muskratfallsinquiry.ca).

Daily hearings begin again in Happy Valley –Goose Bay on Feb.18.

ashley.fitzpatrick@thetelegram.com


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