June 16, 2016

SCHEER RENEWS CALL FOR OIL WELL CLEAN-UP

Liberal Natural Resources Minister scoffs that it’s Saskatchewan’s problem

OTTAWA, June 16, 2016 — Regina-Qu’Appelle MP Andrew Scheer is adding his voice of support to Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s request for federal funding for cleaning up non-producing oil wells.

“The downturn in the oil and gas sector has left many western Canadians without work,” said Scheer in Question Period today. “Shamefully, the Liberals want to increase taxes on job creators and keep the industry down indefinitely.”

Premier Wall has proposed that Ottawa provide $156 million in funding for a program to decommission and reclaim over 1,000 non-producing wells. This program could result in over 1,200 direct and indirect jobs for energy workers at a time when the oil and gas industry is reeling from layoffs.

“They continue to ignore a ready-made solution: clean up decommissioned oil and gas wells,” said Scheer. “Cleaning up these wells would put unemployed Canadians back to work, retain expertise and create economic and environmental benefits.”

The Liberal Natural Resources Minister, Jim Carr, scoffed at the suggestion.

“It is the responsibility of those who created the problem in the first place to clean it up,” said Carr.