Nalcor contractors may complicate Muskrat Falls inquiry search for documents
Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady is “relatively confident” that the public inquiry into Muskrat Falls will be able to sift through all the relevant documents around the megaproject, but Nalcor Energy is refusing to answer questions about it.
Because the overwhelming majority of the Muskrat Falls project management team is made up of “embedded contractors” instead of Nalcor employees, it’s not clear whether all their emails and documents are being preserved for the upcoming public inquiry.
Moreover, Nalcor’s limited responses to SaltWire’s requests for information raise more questions than they answer.
Coady has been charged with making sure all documentation is ready for an inquiry, which Premier Dwight Ball has said the government will call by the end of this fall.
The inquiry is expected to examine many aspects of the $12.7-billion hydroelectric project, which has gone wildly over budget and is behind schedule. SaltWire has reported that roughly 90 per cent of the management team is made up of embedded contractors, who can cost Nalcor more than $1,000 per day.
In a July 24 letter to Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall, Coady reminded him that the Management of Information Act requires Nalcor “to preserve all records created or received by Nalcor Energy, as these constitute Crown property.
A public inquiry into the Muskrat Falls project is designed to examine many aspects of the $12.7-billion hydroelectric project.