The Opposition NDP says federal money should not be used to help clean up oil wells in Saskatchewan because there are more important infrastructure projects to be done.
Premier Brad Wall has pitched a proposal to Ottawa for $156 million to clean up old wells that aren’t being used to help create jobs in the oil-and-gas sector.
But NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon says that money would flow to oil companies, which are required by law to clean up their own wells.
Wotherspoon says people could be put to work on other infrastructure projects to stimulate the economy, such as fixing schools or highways.
The government estimates the well program would generate 1,200 jobs and speed up the decommissioning and reclamation of 1,000 non-producing wells over the next two years.
Wall says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is considering the idea.
(The Canadian Press)