With threats of tariffs levied by the American government and disputes on pipelines more present than ever, the Saskatchewan NDP think they have a way to spur jobs in that industry.
Late Tuesday morning, Ryan Meili addressed a crowd of reporters at the EVRAZ plant just north of Regina.
“We have 100,000 km of pipelines or flow lines right here in the province,” he said. “Many of those are growing old.”
Saskatchewan New Democratic Party leader Ryan Meili speaks about his proposal for expiration date on aging pipelines.
Posted by David Boles on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Meili suggested a proposal, one which would see expiration date standards placed on aging pipelines, depending on the material and/or their proximity to a body of water. This idea was welcomed by spokesman from the United Steelworkers 5890 Mike Day, who, after improved safety standards and higher quality steel being made, questioned why companies continue to run aging and at risk pipeline projects.
“You wouldn’t expect to run a 50 year old car without problems,” he said. “Let’s get changes in the ground and keep jobs in this city, in this province moving.”
However, the Minister of Energy and Resources Bronwyn Eyre is not a fan of Meili’s proposed plan.
“This is a make work plan of a true command economist.”
In a conference call, Eyre said the Official Opposition leader’s plan was not only irresponsible and irrational, it’s devastating.
“Just to give you a sense of this,” she said. “If just SaskEnergy, if SaskEnergy alone, were to replace all it’s pipes, it would cost about $50 billion.”
The Minister also responded to Meili’s proposal to have expiry standards on aging pipelines, saying there’s already a safety structure in place.
“Energy and Resources follow up on any incident that requires reporting, maintains 24/7 coverage in the field,” she said. “Anything safety related to a well or a facility or a pipeline is addressed. In 2018, so that’s just to date, E.R (Energy and Resources) has conducted nearly 5000 pipeline well and facility inspections.”