Liberal leader warns of loose ends in Muskrat Falls project

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Critics of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project are questioning the timing of its approval.

The province’s Liberal leader says Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s official sanction of the project last night during a ceremony at the legislature in St. John’s is premature. Dwight Ball says there are still several loose ends, including a Federal Court challenge over the assessment that was done on its environmental impact.

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is calling last night’s ceremony a sales job aimed at persuading people the project is good for the province.

Private utility Emera simultaneously approved its part of the project, a subsea cable to bring electricity from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia.

Dunderdale says the 7.7-billion dollar megaproject shows her province is becoming Canada’s energy warehouse.

Crown corporation Nalcor Energy plans to build the dam and power station in Labrador, which is expected to produce power by 2017. Critics of the project also say it could burden future generations if it soars over budget.

Organizations: Federal Court, Nalcor Energy

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Muskrat Falls, Nova Scotia Canada

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  • Tim Jamison
    December 18, 2012 - 10:27

    Yes, Dwight, because at liberal fantasy camp all projects get presented completely done for you, with a little bow on top, no work or risk required. I'm so glad this man isn't governing us

  • saelcove
    December 18, 2012 - 10:10

    They must be looking through rose colored glasses if they think they will be producing power by 2017

    December 18, 2012 - 08:52

    something smells fishy in all of this. the dictator and her government should have went to the people in a referendum vote on muskrat falls, or was she afraid of what the vote would result.

    • where were you during tobin grimes
      December 18, 2012 - 09:36

      a referendum; where were you in 2001 and 2002 and 2003; when tobin and grimes was going to give it to quebec; all the lower churchill for free; only to be stopped by people of this province; and dean macdonald; and the other board member who quit; u gotta a be a liberal or ndper; this is our project for our province for our benefit; not quebec hydros

    • Tim Jamison
      December 18, 2012 - 10:25

      You guys made the last provincial election a referendum on Muskrat. You lost