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.”
More to come.