Native groups were consulted: Nalcor

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Two groups seeking Muskrat Falls review

Muskrat Falls is shown in a 2012 photo. The Nunatsiavut  Government and the NunatuKavut Community Council  have each filed a challege against Muskrat Falls development on the Lower Churchill.  — Telegram file photo

The Canadian Press—St. John’s

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown energy corporation says it consulted aboriginal groups over several years before starting to build the Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador.

Two groups representing Inuit and Metis members in Labrador are challenging a key part of

the development now under construction on the lower Churchill River.

The Nunatsiavut Government and the NunatuKavut Community Council have each filed requests for judicial review in Halifax.

They’re asking the Federal Court to revisit a decision by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to grant permission for the dam, which they say was done without proper consultation.

Nunatsiavut president Sarah Leo says the $7.7-billion project will damage recognized Inuit lands and cause potential health issues.

She says concerns about mercury levels were recognized by a

federal-provincial environmental assessment panel, but have not been acted on.

NunatuKavut president Todd Russell, whose group has no federally recognized land claim, says the province has failed to adequately consult his members.

Authorization to start building the dam was granted to Nalcor Energy, which says it’s still

reviewing the separate court applications.

Nalcor vice-president Gilbert Bennett in charge of the Muskrat Falls development, says that Ottawa and the province carefully weighed any effects of the project  before releasing it from environmental assessment.

Organizations: Canadian Press, NunatuKavut Community Council, Federal Court Department of Fisheries and Oceans Nalcor Energy

Geographic location: Labrador, Ottawa

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  • saelcove
    August 12, 2013 - 10:03

    Construction has been going on for two years,to much money invested to stop now

  • John Smith
    August 12, 2013 - 07:24

    I hope when the cases get thrown out, that the metis and inuit have to pay for the court costs. I think we all know why this is going on...and it has nothing to do with the environment....

    • Tony Rockel
      August 12, 2013 - 15:06

      More anonymous drivel from Kathy's lapdog.

  • Brian
    August 11, 2013 - 13:54

    Consulted, what does that mean exactly? Nalcor was gong ahead with this project no matter what . I hope that the justice system makes the Nalcor executives ,the premier,the government ministers and any other culpable individual accountable for any wrong doing and that includes misleading the taxpyers.