Majority of Nova Scotians support Maritime Link: poll

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A new poll suggests most Nova Scotians support plans for the Maritime Link, which would bring hydroelectricity from the Muskrat Falls development in Labrador.

According to the poll, released Thursday by the Halifax-based Corporate Research Associates, 67 per cent of respondents support the recent decision by the Utilities and Review Board, Nova Scotia’s provincial regulator, to approve Emera’s plan to build the link.

Sixteen per cent of respondents said they oppose the decision, three per cent said they were not familiar with the Maritime Link, and 14 per cent said they either didn’t know or didn’t offer an opinion. Support for the project was slightly higher in Cape Breton, where 73 per cent of respondents support the project.

The poll was conducted from Aug. 7-26, with a sample size of 400 adult Nova Scotians. The poll is considered accurate within 4.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

A Nalcor spokeswoman said the subsequent filing is the responsibility of Emera, though the corporations are in talks. She could provide no indication on if any subsequent filing to the board will be made, or when.

Organizations: Corporate Research Associates, Utilities and Review Board, Maritime LInk Nalcor

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Cape Breton

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  • Arteest
    October 04, 2013 - 23:47

    You sound like Darrell Dexter. UARB did *not* approve the link unless NS was guaranteed a specific lower power purchase rate. You also fail to mention that there has never been, in North America at least, a power project completely funded by ratepayers. This isn't journalism--I call bull ***t.