Government has made ‘absolute mockery’ of Energy Regulation in Alberta

Alberta New Democrat leader Brian Mason said Wednesday that the government must reverse their appointment of Gerry Protti as the Chair of Alberta’s new energy regulator.

“Mr. Protti is currently registered as a lobbyist for the Energy Policy Institute of Canada, just the latest in a long and distinguished career in pushing the agenda of the energy industry,” said Mason.  “He’s still the vice chair of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada, which represents the absolute who’s who of energy companies in this country.”

Protti’s resume includes work with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and Encana.  During his tenure with Encana, Protti attempted to justify a project which would have seen over 1,200 wells drilled in a protected wildlife area. “This is an absolutely outrageous appointment,” said Mason.

“Given Mr. Protti’s history, this government has made an absolute mockery of energy regulation in this province.”

Mason: “If Mr. Protti doesn’t have a conflict of interest, then who does?”

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