Group 2041 is still looking to have the Muskrat Falls project halted.
Ed Hearn, a member of Group 2041 which is opposed to the Muskrat Falls project, speaks to media in St. John's today. — Photo by Josh Pennell/The Telegram
The group is a collection of people who are stoutly opposed to the multi-billion dollar mega project. The group’s latest grievances were expressed at a news conference Friday in St. John’s and were catalyzed by the new agreement between Nova Scotia’s energy company, Emera, and Newfoundland’s Crown-owned counterpart, Nalcor.
“The new agreement was never reviewed by our Public Utilities Board or never approved by the Legislature,” said Ed Hearn of Group 2041. “This new agreement has received no scrutiny in this province.”
Gouging the group even more is that Nova Scotia’s regulator, the Utility and Review Board (UARB), is reviewing the agreement which guarantees surplus power to Nova Scotia beyond the original 20 per cent block that was part of the original Muskrat Falls term sheet.
“Complicating the matter, we have agreed to compensate Nova Scotia if we are not able to live up to the commitments we are now making to Nova Scotia,” Hearn said.
The news conference was also attended by other members of Group 2041 — Des Sullivan, Cabot Martin and Bernard Coffey.
Sullivan ridiculed what he called inconsistencies in the agreement between what has been said before the UARB in Nova Scotia, and what has been said in this province.
“When billions of dollars are at stake, there should be no uncertainty,” said Sullivan.