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  • gerrymartin
    June 21, 2013 - 21:11

    Kathy Dunderdale, Ed Martin, Danny Williams and Tim Powers will be rewarded for getting this project through, regardless of the cost. But when all of our families get whacked with a $200+ per month increase on our electrical bills it will be Cathy Bennett that takes the hit as my family will cut the Happy Meals first. Then we won't buy a house in Danny Lands. then won't buy a thing from the companies that puts Dunderdale and Martin on their boards.

  • Tony Rockel
    June 14, 2013 - 22:39

    No matter how well they control the cost, it's still a complete waste of money and way beyond anything a province this small can afford. And just wait until they get bogged down in the North spur stabilization quagmire-- cost containment will go right out the window.

  • Eli
    June 14, 2013 - 17:53

    March 2013? Nothing was passed then. SNC-Lavlalin? Who's minding the shop there with so many CEO's being investigated.We should be demanding answere to the same question here.

  • Casey
    June 14, 2013 - 17:11

    Get this thing started and stop listening to the whiners. They will always have something to complain about.

  • Puppetwatcher
    June 14, 2013 - 15:43

    Question: Where does the Board of Directors fit into this oversight schema? Really, what role does it play other than to sign on the dotted line when directed by government (and Dunderdale can throw as many kitchen tantrums as she wishes to justify qualifications). Really, what can the Chair of this Board offer to this oversight process? Selling a case of beer is hardly comparable to influencing major decisions such as "the multi-billion dollar Muskrat Falls hydro-generation plan" (Powers, Rotman School of Management, Toronto). So while it all sounds very comprehensive, it seems as though there are still some flaws to be addressed. You can't put on a shirt and tie, take the hand of your MHA, and pretend you know about the energy industry. Of course, unless you're a Dunderdale puppet. Then you can.

  • Puppetwatcher
    June 14, 2013 - 15:34

    Question: Where does the Board of Directors fit into this oversight schema? Really, what role does it play other than to sign on the dotted line when directed by government (and Dunderdale can throw as many kitchen tantrums as she wishes to justify qualifications). Really, what can the Chair of this Board offer to this oversight process? Selling a case of beer is hardly comparable to influencing major decisions such as "the multi-billion dollar Muskrat Falls hydro-generation plan" (Powers, Rotman School of Management, Toronto). So while it all sounds very comprehensive, it seems as though there are still some flaws to be addressed. You can't put on a shirt and tie, take the hand of your MHA, and pretend you know about the energy industry. Of course, unless you're a Dunderdale puppet. Then you can.

    • JM
      June 14, 2013 - 19:06

      I am not sure this article is correct. The Muskrat Falls website is providing a monthly report on benefits, and procurement. However, there is no information on there about the budget. Nalcor should be providing the full monthly cost report on the Muskrat Falls project to the House of Assembly. This would include the incurred cost, the committed cost, and the forecasted cost to complete. There will be immense cost pressures on this project, just like every other project in Newfoundland at present. I for one would like to see the revised forecasts. As an aside, the monthly report referenced in this article has not been updated on the Nalcor website since March of this year.

    • concerned
      June 14, 2013 - 19:11

      When will the independent engineer report if Nalcor are following best utility practice? They should put their own engineering stamp on the North Spur Design, or maybe the HVDC tower design? Remember this IE assessment is a critical component of the Loan Garuntee. I would like to see the report(s) tabled by the IE released to the public. As this is a oversight role, funded by the taxpayer, but ultimately included in the final rate to the island consumer this does not seem unreasonable. Maybe the PUB should request that these reports be tabled to the PUB, and reviewed in a technical forum? The residents of MUD Lake deserve to see the assessments of the North Spur stability, and hold the Independent Engineer accountable.

  • puppetwatcher
    June 14, 2013 - 15:21

    Question: Where does the Board of Directors fit into this oversight schema? Really, what role does it play other than to sign on the dotted line when directed by government (and Dunderdale can throw as many kitchen tantrums as she wishes to justify qualifications). Really, what can the Chair of this Board offer to this oversight process? Selling a case of beer is hardly comparable to influencing major decisions such as "the multi-billion dollar Muskrat Falls hydro-generation plan" (Powers, Rotman School of Management, Toronto). So while it all sounds very comprehensive, it seems as though there are still some flaws to be addressed. You can't put on a shirt and tie, take the hand of your MHA, and pretend you know about the energy industry. Of course, unless you're a Dunderdale puppet. Then you can.