EDMONTON, AB (June 17, 2013): Energy Minister Ken Hughes needs to quit stalling on releasing the pipeline safety review in order to demonstrate Alberta’s commitment to responsible resource development to the international community, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today. Both recent pipeline spills in northern Alberta have been followed by a delay of reporting and a lack of transparency, Wildrose Energy Critic Jason Hale said.
“These recent spills highlight the need to improve Alberta’s energy regulatory framework,” Hale said. “By further delaying the release of the report and the implementation of its recommendations, the minister is hurting the image of our industry and the message we are sending to our international partners as we attempt to grow market access, there simply is no excuse in delaying the report any longer.” Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board finished its analysis of the pipeline report in March. To date, Hughes has only committed to release the report sometime during the summer, failing to nail down a specific deadline for industry and the Alberta public. Wildrose Environment Critic Joe Anglin said that there is no immediate reason to be concerned about the overall performance of Alberta’s pipeline system, but the PC government is sending the wrong message about its commitment to environmental safety by delaying the report. “This is symptomatic of a greater problem given this government’s poor performance in enforcing its own environment rules and regulations,” Anglin said. “The government lacks consistency when it comes to the environment. In a time when they need to be showing leadership they have been missing in action and this inconsistency is what is hurting Alberta’s image, our industry and Albertans as a whole.”