The first (but forgotten) dam on Labrador’s Grand River can tell us a lot about our province’s past—and its future.
This Labradorian suspects there is more than meets the eye on the proposed hydroelectric development in Labrador. Who really stands to benefit and who’s being taken for a ride?
The Lower Churchill development could become a truly Atlantic Canadian endeavor. The Guardian is reporting that Prince Edward Island Energy Minister Richard Brown says that he has asked for P.E.I. to participate in the construction to help lower the cost of a third cable from P.E.I. to New Brunswick. “If we could tap on to that I believe we could get a better price,” he said. P.E.I. should be able to benefit from the project and if the province can tap in to the electricity from Muskrat Falls, it would mean all of P.E.I.’s power would come from sources that don’t emit carbon, he said. Source: The Guardian
In an interview with the Telegraph-Journal, former Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams says that he welcomes constructive criticism about the Lower Churchill project, but does not think the intrinsic value of the project can be undermined. “The basic principles are still sound: we’re tied to oil here; we get off oil; we go on hydro; we have a fixed rate over time; we break the gridlock from Quebec; we have another route, we provide power into Atlantic Canada; we have a partnership in Nova Scotia and eventually some of that power will flow through to New Brunswick.” Williams is preparing to join Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani at a SPARK motivational event in Saint John on Tuesday, but when pressed on the topic he ‘still considers the Lower Churchill hydroelectric project his legacy for the future prosperity of Atlantic Canada’. “There are always a million reasons to say why not,” Williams…
In the months and years ahead we are all going to be hearing quite a bit about the upper Churchill and the lower Churchill hydro electric projects.