Continued work on the Fort McMurray fire, and a release of a sunshine list of executive pay, are just some of the things on Premier Rachel Notley’s list for the coming weeks during the summer break. A big priority is working with regulators on the pipeline file.
“The Kinder-Morgan deliberations, we’ll be doing work on that. I’ll be meeting with the federal appointees who are reviewing the NEB decision with in a couple of weeks. We’ll also be keeping an eye and moving forward on various elements of the climate change leadership plan.”
Notley said she supports the work being done by Mayors Don Iveson and Naheed Nenshi in countering complaints made by Vancouver’s Gregor Robertson, and that the merits outweight the negatives of the Kinder-Morgan plan.
There’s no yet on how expensive the Fort McMurray fire was. The government is even hesitant to give an estimate of the cost.
“What we are working to do is ensure that the information we put out is accuate so it’s really important that we have it all in front of us, before we put it out. So we’ve been careful in evaluating the scope of the damage and also in evaluating the sources for recovery. So we’re still in that process.”
That doesn’t include lost costs.
“We’ve lost on average one million barrels of oil a day in the month of May,” Notley told reporters. “And we expect that most of June that will average out to half a million a day for June and we are hoping that we’ll see oil production resume its normal levels by July.”
They’re starting to get a handle on the damage, but still don’t know about restoration.
“It really is a question of determining how the recovery proceeds and what the issues are going forward. Even the insurance industry is reluctant, and they’ve got a much more defined set of compensatory obligations. And they’re reluctant to come up with a number yet and so we know it will be significant.”
The province will meet with federal officials in the coming weeks to talk about disaster relief.