Nunatsiavut government to voice concerns on Muskrat Falls

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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News conference to be held Wednesday morning in St. John’s

Representatives from the Government of Nunatsiavut are heading to St. John’s and preparing to voice ongoing concerns about the Muskrat Falls hydro project.

The Telegram has learned the government will be calling a news conference for Wednesday morning at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre.

According to sources, the government has maintained concerns around, for one point, the potential environmental impacts of the project, since making its submissions to the joint provincial-federal environmental review panel, including around mercury levels in the area of Lake Melville.

The government will be voicing its concerns as other groups continue a separate Federal Court case in Ottawa, aimed at seeing the project returned to the joint review panel for further assessment.

The Nunatsiavut government is not involved with the court case.

The Sierra Club, Grand Riverkeeper and NunatuKavut Community Council are involved in the action.

According to Ecojustice lawyer Lara Tessaro — on the legal team representing the Sierra Club and Grand Riverkeeper — the NunatuKavut Community Council will be making arguments on the case this morning.

They will be followed by Nalcor Energy and government, with their arguments set to begin later today.

More in Wednesday’s edition.

Organizations: Sierra Club, Community Council, Nalcor Energy

Geographic location: Muskrat Falls, Lake Melville.The, Ottawa

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