KATHRYN SPIRIT: 6 YEARS OF INACTION AND NO DELAY PENALTY IN THE DISMANTLING CONTRACT
December 13th, 2017 - 4:31pm
OTTAWA - Following a written question, New Democrat MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry-Suroît) has learned that the Kathryn Spirit dismantling contract does not have financial penalties for non-compliance with the timeline, which is set for early 2019. Questions continue to arise about how to enforce the environmental standards, that are clearly stipulated in the contract and in federal and provincial legislation, in the dismantling.
"This written question has brought to light much the government's wait-and-see attitude on the Kathryn Spirit's file will cost the citizens of Beauharnois: $ 24.1 million. The worst part of this deal is that it could continue to cost more if the contract takes longer than expected to complete. No financial penalty will be enforced in the case of a delay, only a deposit to perform all work. What do liberal Ministers Garneau, Leblanc and Qualtrough think? That six years of inaction are not enough? How much money are they still willing to give to polluters? ", denounces the Member.
The Kathryn Spirit DJV consortium includes the St-Pierre Group which in August 2011 brought the Kathryn Spirit. This company, at the time, did not have the necessary environmental authorizations to dismantle it on site. In another contract, it was sentenced by Environment Quebec on August 18, 2017 for non-compliance with the environmental law and just a few weeks ago, a class action suit of almost $ 10 million was filed against them.
"I find that very disturbing. That is why I asked the Prime Minister to explain how he intends to ensure that the consortium will respect the standards and environmental rules contained in the dismantling contract. After hearing the same answers from Mr. Trudeau, it is evident that the government does not seem to take this situation seriously. It is clear that everyone must be vigilant. " says Anne Minh-Thu Quach.
Youtube Link for MP Quach question : https://youtu.be/J57uW6tBtDo