Alberta Liberals demand emergency debate on $260 billion in energy reclamation liabilities

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann are demanding the NDP Government hold an emergency debate about the shocking cost to taxpayers of oil patch project reclamation.

It could cost up to $260 billion to clean up the Alberta oil patch according to an Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) senior official. The NDP Government had said the cost is $58 billion. What is the truth? Why can’t Albertans get a straight answer?

AER has now apologized, claiming the $260 billion figure was in error. AER also admitted they were attempting to frighten the industry into paying a bigger share if the cleanup costs. But the CEO of AER is suddenly resigning in the aftermath. Is he being made a scapegoat for NDP mismanagement of this important issue? What’s the next shoe to drop?

Khan stated, “Clearly the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. Did the NDP order the AER to mislead the energy industry? Why is the NDP trying to cover up and then punish the AER for doing its job? Albertans have the right to know what the facts are and why the NDP is using scare tactics.

“Albertans are being told there could be a quarter-trillion in reclamation liabilities. But, only .6% has been collected from energy companies. That leaves Albertans on the hook for a potentially massive bill 3X greater than Alberta’s projected total debt. Taxpayers deserve more than evasive answers and damage control by the NDP Government.”

Swann stated, “Alberta Liberals have repeatedly requested more transparency on these costs. Instead, Albertans are getting more cover up by this NDP Government. Albertans should be outraged the NDP are playing politics with our environment.

“Alberta Liberals are demanding an emergency debate on this issue for tomorrow. Albertans deserve the truth.”