“We need to gather in mass numbers and demand that justice be served.”
“We have to stop believing that the way to make a living is through mega projects.”
Keeping us distracted while the wheel turns ’round…
Another cost of the Maritime Link
Award-winning journalist says editor of Labrador newspapers refused to run articles involving NL government and crown energy corporation; TC Media managing editor denies censorship
As discontent over Muskrat Falls mounts in Labrador, 74-year-old Jim Learning is being detained in solitary confinement and is on day five of a hunger strike that began with his April 5 arrest. He is calling for unity among Labrador’s aboriginal groups and non-aboriginal residents.
Angry elders and a community of people who’ve exhausted all other options are strong indicators Labrador’s Inuit-Metis have only two choices: lay down or stand up
As the federal and provincial governments steamroll ahead with plans to dam the Lower Grand River (known as Mistashipu to many locals), individuals and aboriginal groups in Labrador are raising their voices in opposition to what many see as an appropriation of their land without fair compensation.
Against intensifying discontent over what many are calling “undemocratic” governance, the Dunderdale-led PCs are pressing to sanction the Muskrat Falls megaproject. As a result, more people are going outside, meeting others and finding new ways to make their voices heard.
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?
CBC is reporting that Emera CEO Chris Huskilson has said that the Muskrat Falls deal with our province doesn’t mean the Nova Scotia-based energy company isn’t interested in power from Quebec. Huskilson says that moving ahead with the Lower Churchill wasn’t a rejection of Quebec, rather that the deal “was the simplest arrangement we could do that could get done and could make a huge difference to the Nova Scotia circumstance.” Muskrat Falls will help Nova Scotia achieve its target of getting 40 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 and is expected to supply that province with about eight to 10 per cent of its total energy needs. “Quebec will be part of the solution … I think in the long-term,” Huskilson said. “But we have to do all the things necessary to make that possible.” He was referring to the amount of work required to…
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…
Nalcor has released a consultant’s report that supports its plan to develop the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project on the Lower Churchill River. The study written by a consulting company called Navigant said there is a substantial benefit to developing the project, compared to alternatives. Click here to read the report’s summary and key findings in pdf format. Source: CBC
As the debate surrounding the development of the lower Churchill intensifies, knowing what we do now about the development of the upper Churchill in the 60’s and 70’s makes for an interesting comparison. But views of course on the upper Churchill were much different at that time; take a leap back to 1967 with us to listen to Joey Smallwood speak at a sod-turning ceremony for the Churchill Falls where he talks to about the project, the province, and the future. Click here to access the audio courtesy of the CBC archives.
I write this letter as a concerned citizen of Newfoundland and Labrador and for no other reason.
Despite the fact that a recent joint review panel report said that Nalcor’s assessment of the project was “inadequate”, and that it failed to justify the need for the project as a whole, the province’s Minister of Natural Resources says the time has never been better to develop hydro power at Muskrat Falls. The panel report also outlined a number of environmental concerns about the project, including flooded land, water quality and habitat loss, and questioned whether it would be the best alternative to meet domestic energy demands. It said Nalcor failed to justify the project in both energy and economic terms, and that there are outstanding questions regarding both Muskrat Falls and Gull Island developments. Premier Dunderdale isn’t fazed by the report, questioning the panel’s methodology in drawing its conclusions. Source: VOCM
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.
While Nalcor officials are unhappy with a report on the project’s environmental, social, and economic impact, environmental groups are saying they are happy with the report. The Joint Panel Review of the Lower Churchill Project called Nalcor’s analysis “inadequate.” “We agree completely with the panel’s recommendation that the independent review is required,” said Liberal leader Kevin Aylward. “We’ve been saying that all along. And it will be part of our party platform, including public consultation, and we are looking at bringing in energy experts in North America who understand the energy grid and understand economics.” Meanwhile former premier Danny Williams also commented on the review Friday, saying that work on the Lower Churchill project needs to continue. “People have a right to scrutinize. People have a right to ask questions. You know, I welcome that,” he said. Source: CBC
A recap of the news conference this morning, including photos and the MOU document