UPDATE: Premier 'disappointed' by PUB report

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Says board walked away from responsibility

Muskrat Falls — File Photo

In the House of Assembly, Premier Kathy Dunderdale has promised to lay all information on the table about Muskrat Falls in June, and re-open the House of Assembly for a debate then. 

Dunderdale said that when the final information is pulled together for the formal sanctioning decision, the government will hire Manitoba Hydro to review those numbers.

At the same time, Dunderdale attacked the PUB, saying she's "disappointed and puzzled" by the results, and the board "walked away" from its responsibility. 
Dunderdale continued to defend Muskrat Falls as the best way to meet Newfoundland electricity demands. 


The provincial government has released the report by the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities on the need for the $6.2-billion Lower Churchill development, objecting to the project’s moving forward without further information.

The project includes the proposed hydro development at Muskrat Falls and Gull Island, with new transmission lines to and across the island.

According to the Public Utilities Board report: “The board concludes that the information provided by Nalcor in the review is not detailed, complete or current enough to determine whether the interconnected option (including the Lower Churchill development) represents the least-cost option for the supply of power to island interconnected customers over the period of 2011-2067, as compared to the isolated island option.”

Read the PUB review and see a timeline of the latest attempt at the Lower Churchill development here.

More to come.

Organizations: Public Utilities Board, Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities

Geographic location: Gull Island

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  • jimmy
    April 03, 2012 - 14:25

    I think ,poor old Andy as they call him,made a leap of faith. The truth will never be known.

  • blabla
    April 02, 2012 - 22:18

    im glad i dont live in nl anymore

  • Ben Power
    April 02, 2012 - 21:31

    I didn't need the PUB report to come out to know what it was going to be. All you had to do was watch Andy Wells during the procedings. His intentions were clear from the beginning. I see the Liberals doing their little dance now. Sad that a green project like this gets downplayed by politics. Oh well by the time we get set to do a project the prices will have sky rocketed. Only in NL!

  • Whaddaya At ?
    April 02, 2012 - 21:28

    Jeez, Joseph McGrath, do you have spellcheck ?. Anyway, I've had it up to here with all this crapola. If I hear Danny Dumaresquewhatever talkin' about 'Musrat' Falls one more time; that's right, he calls it ' Musrat ' Falls, I'm gonna kick the radio out the window.

  • mjonzy
    April 02, 2012 - 20:07

    We need the power and Muskrat Falls is the lowest cost option. It's time to get rid of the Hydro generating plant in Holyrood. We need clean, reliable energy and Muskrat Falls is the answer. Let's get on with it!!

  • John Smith
    April 02, 2012 - 18:41

    So the PUB took our two million dollars, and gave us nothing in return. Now all you natsayers take note...the PUB did not turn down, reject, vote down, or say no in any way shape or form to this development. So I would hold off on the self satisfied chortleing for just a little while yet. The PUB just showed themselves to be the incompetent bunch of boobs we all knew they were. The naysayers were quick to deride the reports by MHI and Navigant, but look out....the PUB returned a...we don't know...LOL Two million dollars and nine months later they come back with...we don't have a clue b'y...yes, that's why those guys get the big bucks. Lots of steak dinners and fine wines later and we get...don't know b'y from Andy and the gang...what a bunch of clowns. We don't deserve this project, it's too good for us. We deserve another boondogle with natural gas or some other POS idea...yeah, that makes more sense...the newfies would be all over that.

  • Pub A. Joke
    April 02, 2012 - 18:13

    This group is a joke. All the wasted money and they can't make a recommendation. Can someone tell me the purpose of this group and what value they provide!!

    • political watcher
      April 02, 2012 - 19:24

      Johnny, welcome back. Thought you had deserted us. By the way. the group you are questioning here were all hand selected by the previous Tory Premier and the current Tory Premier. You can't even blame this one on the Liberals or NDP.

  • Sparky
    April 02, 2012 - 17:47

    Bye the time this project get started ,"if it ever does" it will have paid-out millions in studies alone!,enough allready!!!! either do it or stop it!!! what a waste of good money legal fees, lawyers are "laughing all the way to the bank"!

  • Jigs
    April 02, 2012 - 17:43

    Dunderdale can open in June all the friggin' houses she likes. She and her rinky-dink government won't allow a vote anyway. And what's the point of "laying out ALL the information on Muskrat Falls" when said info has HUGE restrictions. I know if my MHA had a vote and voted for it as we know it, I'd have his gonads for bookends.

  • Political watcher
    April 02, 2012 - 17:37

    Johnny Smith and Tony the Tory are both up on the hill looking for how they will wake up tomorow morning: in light of this news I am sure they are just spechless and even unable to put any type of spin on this. Spin that would make sense to the average three year old I mean.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    April 02, 2012 - 14:56

    We have now had two independent reports (the Review Panel and the PUB reports) that have not sanctioned the proposed Muskrat Falls project, that have confirmed that Nalcor's load forecasts don't justify the Muskrat Falls project and have confirmed that other options should be fully assessed. +++++ Still, our own government wants to buy a favourable report from MHI --- and call that 'independent'. +++ Who do they think they are fooling? +++++ I think given the thoroughness, professionalism and outright honesty and forthrightness of our own PUB, it is the PUB that needs, and deserves, to further assess Nalcor's DG3 numbers. ++++ That is what all our MHA's need in order to fairly debate Muskrat Falls.

  • Mrs. John Smith
    April 02, 2012 - 14:53

    For you people asking the whereabouts of my son John Smith, let me tell you... John hasn't had a wink of sleep since the PUB passed over its report on Friday. He's all weekend back and forth between the Confederation Building and the NALCOR offices. The gall of that Andy Wells! He gets a big salary paid for by government and as far as I'm concerned he should write whatever government wants him to write. Miss Dunderdale should fire Wells and replace him with that fellow Johnson who got the good sense to do what he's told to do. But don't worry about my John. He'll be back at the typewriter as soon as the premier and mister Martin tell him what to say. But John - in case you're reading this - come home for a nap first and I left a sandwich in the fridge for yer.

  • C Pike
    April 02, 2012 - 14:25

    The Pub is being very childish on this. They didnt get their way after having 10 months do the job. It is just sour grapes. Move on with this project and make us less dependant on non renewable resources.

  • Harvey
    April 02, 2012 - 13:44

    All politics aside...let's get on with this clean, green renewable energy resource. Somebody has to get with it and take care of this planet.Don't depend on Harper and his ilk to do it. We see the climatic changes occurring all the time and the effects such changes are having on local weather conditions. What are we waiting for? Do it before it's too late!!!Don't let Andy and the PUB stand in the way. He's just peed off because he was not allowed to set his own dead-line.

  • ben
    April 02, 2012 - 13:23

    it should not go ahead. Why should we, as producors of a product pay more than the people buying it from us? Another Newfie joke, and being put forth by our elected premier and cronies. Do they believe that we are completely stupid? We are now getting on our feet as a province and they want to put us back to the dark ages..

  • Cyril Rogers
    April 02, 2012 - 13:07

    If anybody walked away from their responsibilities, it was the government, not the PUB, when they decided to curtail the PUB's hearings and insisted that the PUB issue a report that did not include technical hearings. This administration is hypocritical and arrogant to insist that others do their due diligence while they stymie the efforts of groups such as the PUB. Premier, let's have a full debate, not only on Muskrat Falls but on the many other potential alternatives. If you want open and transparent debate, be sure to allow time for the other alternatives to be considered and debated.

  • confused
    April 02, 2012 - 12:04

    lets not look at wind power or solor energy... full speed ahead and damn the torpedos..what would it take to build a replacement to Holyroad with proper clean air techology? full steam ahead and damn the torpedos..

  • Danny's Appointees Did Him In
    April 02, 2012 - 11:55

    Danny Williams appointed the senior executive at Nalco, he also appointed most of the members of the PUB and its Chairman, he appointed the Consumer's Advocate. And now they let him down. This legacy project was riddled with interference the government created.

    • David
      April 02, 2012 - 13:32

      Do you lament that these people did a professional, objective service to the public, despite their being tainted, political lacky plants? Personally, I'm gobsmacked impressed.

  • Scott Free
    April 02, 2012 - 11:29

    John Smith...this is your que....c'mon, defend the indefensible. Tory bobbleheads will scamper now for the right spin.

  • Joseph McGrath
    April 02, 2012 - 11:13

    This project should proceed at once.I am no expert on it but I know we need resourse development like thiis to continue to grow the provincial economy and to help not only NL but other areas of Canada and the world in obtaining cleaner energy sources. I have no comment on the PUB report as citizens of St.John's already know from past experience that if you disagree with Andy Wells you are well on your way to a date in court and no one waants to waste valuable time at that.Let the report stand on its own and just proceed with the project asp.

    • Eli
      April 02, 2012 - 11:41

      Did the writer compose this drivel while sober?

  • George S.
    April 02, 2012 - 10:47

    "Our" Consumer Advocate should resign immediately.