Natural Resources Notebook — July 24

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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N.S. regulator quotes 'The Power is in Our Hands'

“The Power is in Our Hands” may have just helped take the power out of our hands, though Nalcor Energy promises we’ll get a fair price for it.

The Nova Scotia Utilities and Review Board (UARB) issued a 140-page decision Monday, on whether ratepayers in Nova Scotia should pay for the Maritime Link and Muskrat Falls power.

The regulator OK’d the project, but demanded an agreement stating Nova Scotia will have more cheap power if it needs it. The UARB questioned the availability of that power from Newfoundland and Labrador.

In raising the concern, it referenced “The Power is in Our Hands.” That site states, “The province is projected to need 80 per cent of Muskrat Falls’ power by 2036, or even earlier as additional industrial growth occurs in the province.”

The UARB refers to the site as “a website sponsored by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador,” but repeats its point more than once.

“According to the (Newfoundland and Labrador) government, it is possible that the existing Labrador surplus could be entirely consumed by new mining activity, at least in a high growth scenario,” it states.

Into the fire at CF(L)Co

The latest court battle brewing over the Churchill Falls power station comes as one of the members of the board of directors at the Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corp. (CF(L)Co) is settling in.

The CF(L)Co board saw a change up in the first half of the year, as Gerald Shortall took a seat, taking over from Gilbert Dalton, who finished up his term.

The board also includes Nalcor Energy president and CEO Ed Martin; Nalcor vice-president for oil and gas, Jim Keating; Marie-Jose Nadeau, Hydro-Québec executive vice-president for corporate affairs; Richard Cacchione, Hydro-Québec production president; Terry Styles, owner of Appalachia Distributing; Ken Marshall, Rogers Cable — Atlantic region president; and managing director of Nor-Lab Limited, Bob Warr.

Dalton, meanwhile, was subsequently appointed to Nalcor Energy’s board of directors for Bull Arm.

Liberal shot: trades shortage

Andrew Parsons, Liberal MHA for Burgeo-LaPoile and advanced education critic, says he is “alarmed” with the actions of Advanced Education and Skills Minister Joan Shea, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

Parsons accused Shea of “acting as a bystander” as mining company Vale moves to bring in workers from outside the province to deal with an acute shortage of certain trades at its Long Harbour construction site.

“Minister Shea’s response was that she is watching the situation very closely. It’s just not good enough. Action must be taken by government, or else they’re failing the people and skilled workers of this province,” Parsons said in the statement.

NDP shot: on the line

George Murphy, MHA for St. John’s East and NDP environment critic, says he is “alarmed” with plans by Nalcor Energy to use a chemical banned for cosmetic use on provincial lawns to keep back overgrowth from the Labrador-Island Link transmission line.

In a statement July 19, Murphy questioned oversight planned by the provincial Department of Environment and Conservation, following up on the province’s release of the link from environmental assessment.

“My major concern is what sort of oversight the Department of Environment will provide,” Murphy said.

“I would like to know if the need for oversight was taken into account when the department was laying off people in this year’s budget.”

Third iron shipment

Labrador Iron Mines has sent a third shipment of iron ore from the Port of Sept-Îles.

The shipment carried approximately 186,000 wet metric tonnes of iron ore, according to a statement issued by the company.

A fourth vessel is expected to arrive at port for the company’s ore later this month, ahead of the company’s scheduled quarterly update on Aug. 15.

The Natural Resources Notebook is compiled by reporter Ashley Fitzpatrick. Do you have news from the resource sectors? Let us know at

Organizations: Nalcor Energy, Nova Scotia Utilities and Review Board, Maritime Link Hydro-Québec Rogers Cable Lab Department of Environment and Conservation

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Muskrat Long Harbour Port of Sept-Îles.The

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  • Veronica
    July 25, 2013 - 00:58

    Too bad Archie got laid off and Jughead is still waiting for his papers. Moose won't come home from Fort Mac and Reggie don't need to work, he's got a few rental properties on the go. I don't know Betty girl, why can't we bottle these person years of employment and preserve them for hard times when gas is not so cheap and they start putting bonemeal in our flour again.LOL

  • Scott
    July 24, 2013 - 10:42

    Mr Parsons all the peopel got to do...Or news reporter...Is call Charles Murphy...He can answer that question concerning the shortage of workers...In the skill trades...At the same time give a solution too the problems..

  • Betty
    July 24, 2013 - 10:28

    Mr Parsons...Joan Shea had her chance concerning shortage of workers...There no where it's written..That the liberal party couldn't come up with there own ideas concerning this problem...Now it time for one of the five candidates to come forward who are seeking the leadership of the liberal party..or are they there just for window dressing...LOL