Cuzner To Push Federal Colleagues To Help With MV Miner Cleanup Costs
Newly re-elected Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner says he’ll be asking his colleagues in the federal government to kick in some money toward the MV Miner cleanup.
The project to remove the wreck from Scaterie Island has taken longer than expected and the bill is expected to be more than the original 11.9 million dollars.
The province and the contractor are still negotiating the final cost.
Cuzner says the federal government should contribute some funding to the project, because it was an incorrect federal report that the province used to establish the tender for the cleanup.
The report concluded that all the diesel fuel had been removed from the Miner and that 6.6 tonnes of asbestos was left on board.
However, workers found 32 tonnes of asbestos and more than 26,000 litres of diesel.
The Miner washed up on Scaterie in 2011 when its tow line broke in rough seas and Cuzner also says regulations governing vessels being towed for scrap through Canadian waters need to be re-examined.
Meanwhile, provincial officials say the site where the Miner came to rest should be completely cleaned up by next week