A spokesperson for SaskPower says it could be months before an update on the proposed new power plant project is available.

The project is, for now, at a standstill due to concerns over federal carbon tax regulations that came into effect in January.

"We're still analyzing regulations and looking at what they might mean for our future decisions," said Joel Cherry, SaskPower spokesperson.  

On Tuesday, the Attorneys General from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick, as well as council from Manitoba met in Saskatoon yesterday to discuss the regulations. 

Saskatchewan was the first province to challenge the new federal regulations at the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan in May. However the court ruled 3-2 in favour of the federal government's legal right to enforce their carbon emissions regulations standards on the province. 

Ontario was the second province to appeal the regulations at the provincial level. At the end of June, the Ontario Court of Justice upheld the regulations in a 4-1 decision. 

As talks at the provincial and federal level continue, Cherry said the SaskPower project will stay at a standstill, for now. 

"We've looked at the potential site, obviously at the industrial park, but beyond that obviously we haven't done any construction. We're still in the early phases." 

Warren Michelson, Saskatchewan Party MLA for Moose Jaw - Wakamow said the Sask Party is committed to challenging the regulations. 

"We will do everything in our power legally to fight this tax on one province as opposed to another," Michelson said Wednesday. 

Regulations have been imposed on the provinces who's carbon tax regulations do not meet the new federal requirements. 

 

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