The lawyer-led 2041 Energy Inc., created in opposition to the proposed Lower Churchill project, has issued a statement questioning the legitimacy of Manitoba Hydro International’s (MHI) ongoing review of the project.
The group is pointing to statements made by Manitoba’s public review board — the equivalent of our Public Utilities Board (PUB) — on MHI-led work in that province.
According to 2041 Energy’s Bernard Coffey, the statements amount to criticisms of MHI’s work.
“Following our own Public Utilities Board’s refusal to approve the Muskrat Falls project, Premier Dunderdale’s government should not have engaged (MHI) to do any further review of Nalcor’s numbers,” Coffey stated.
“The Dunderdale government ought to have read the Manitoba PUB’s (order), issued January 17, 2012, prior to engaging MHI,” the news release states.
“Neither the Joint Review Panel nor our own PUB approved the Muskrat Falls project. Following these failures, the Dunderdale government hired MHI to complete a review in private. In these circumstances, what confidence can the public have in MHI’s review of Nalcor’s Muskrat Falls numbers?”