Michael is out to get Muskrat Falls, Dunderdale says

James McLeod
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NDP Leader Lorraine Michael wanted to know about cost overruns at a Manitoba hydroelectric development during question period Tuesday.

“Manitoba Hydro’s Wuskwatim hydroelectric dam bills are in and the people of Manitoba learned it has cost twice what they were told it would cost. Manitoba Hydro officials blamed unprecedented increases in input costs on everything from cement, to fuel, to labour,” Michael said. “Mr. Speaker, I ask the premier: what makes her and Nalcor think they will be able to control the costs of their Muskrat Falls project, also approved by Manitoba Hydro?”

Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley told her to trust the experts at Nalcor.

“What we see time and time again in this House, and what the member opposite fails to recognize, is that we believe in our own experts and we believe in the work of Nalcor, first and foremost,” Dalley said. “This has been a long, comprehensive process. There has been a tremendous amount of work and expertise applied to the Muskrat Falls Project, Mr. Speaker, in every area that has been validated. It supports the work of Nalcor. It shows that we are on the right track.”

When Michael asked for a second time about cost overruns and Manitoba Hydro, Premier Kathy Dunderdale stepped up, accusing Michael of being blindly against Muskrat Falls.

“With this project and with any other project we take on in this province, it is important never to look at it through a

single lens,” Dunderdale said.

“That is what the members opposite have done, particularly the third party. The lens that they peer through all the time, and every piece of the information is measured through, is that we are against Muskrat Falls.”

Organizations: Manitoba Hydro

Geographic location: Manitoba

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  • John
    December 06, 2013 - 10:37

    Muskrat Falls will cost us all in the long run... History will record this.

    • Robb
      December 06, 2013 - 14:41

      Oh thank you John, see-er of all things. That opposition crystal ball must be working overtime.

  • saelcove
    December 06, 2013 - 10:16

    Final tab 12 billion give or take a few, not to worry the tax payer will pay for it

  • Maurice E. Adams
    December 06, 2013 - 08:56

    Unfortunately, the premier is doing the very thing she accuses others of doing (all at the expense of NL ratepayers --- and ratepayers know it, and the polls reflect it accordingly). .........The total return (over the full 24 years) on the sale of power to Nova Scotia (the "good return" that Ed Martin -- the 'expert' --- speaks of) will be just enough to cover what NL ratepayers will pay in just 6 months to cover the 50-year average debt servicing and operating costs for Muskrat Falls (and if you include the tax grab that Nalcor and government will add on to the NL ratepayer's bill, the export sales to Nova Scotia over the full 24 years equals approx. 3 months payments by NL ratepayers) ---- and that is based on DG 2 numbers, not including cost overruns.

    • Maurice E. Adams
      December 06, 2013 - 09:29

      CORRECTION, (typo) that should have read over about 4 years, instead of 24 years.

  • Robb
    December 06, 2013 - 08:43

    Carry on Ms Dunderdale, and never mind the naysaying, doomsday creeps. If it were up to the ndp, they would close down Muskrat falls, and take all the money and give it to the unions. So don't pay any attention to the constant bombarding of this wonderful green, clean project. What would the opposition have you do, burn dirty oil forever, and well, not forever, as if you think that there is enough oil to go on forever, you are as narrow-minded as the opposition. The price of oil will eventually sky-rocket, which is a simple formula of supply and demand. So keep up the good fight, and we will see about 2015.

    • Jack
      December 06, 2013 - 08:53

      This comment in non sensical! It makes random accusations unrelated to the actual article!

    • Wild Rose
      December 06, 2013 - 09:13

      Your right. The NDP party is giving my tax money to the unions and the un-employed who can't be bothered to find a job and there are lots of them. Dunderdale shouldn't listen to them!

    • Robb
      December 06, 2013 - 09:35

      Unrelated Jack? You must be a ndp caught up in the truth in these accusations. We all know the ndp have no concept of economics, so maybe I could type slow. Got it, or is this unrelated too?

    • Ya
      December 06, 2013 - 11:10

      Hydro is not as green as it is advertised. It would be a better investment to spend on wind power. It is too late now anyway, scrapping the project will cost much more than keeping it.

  • Marshall Art
    December 06, 2013 - 08:29

    Dunderdale gets her feathers ruffled at anyone who has the audacity to not genuflect and bless themselves at the mere mention of the almighty, hallowed Muskrat Falls. The fact that she did not answer Lorraine Michael's question about cost overruns and Manitoba Hydro, speaks volumes. And Derrick Dalley's lame response to Ms. Michael's question ? 'Trust the experts'. Right on, Mr.Dalley; that makes us all feel a whole lot better . lol

  • Joe
    December 06, 2013 - 08:09

    The 21st century Joe Smallwood says.

  • W. Bagg
    December 06, 2013 - 07:44

    third party?, careful, when you live in a glass house..........

  • Wilf Barnes
    December 06, 2013 - 07:29

    Sure Kathy Dunderdale, and we are supposed to trust your "experts?" The ones that you self appointed after you turfed the PUB? When the cost overuns come in you'll claim innocent and cast blame on those same experts... but, by then, you'll be history anyways because the PC's are going DOWN in the nect election!

  • H Jefford
    December 06, 2013 - 07:00

    The oil fired Generators in Duffs Generating plant in Holyrood is listed as one of the top 10 dirty air polluters in the world, How high is the coal fires generators in Nova Scotia on the charts as a dirty air polluter ? The major cost of developing the muskrat falls is in the construction of the plant. when it is built the power to run it is left to nature the plant will Generate power as the old saying is"For AS LONG AS WATER RUNS AND GRASS GROWS" in other words forever. CLEAN SAFE STEDY AND DEPENDABLE POWER, Run by nature, For as long as water runs and grass grows. Holyrood

    • Maurice E. Adams
      December 06, 2013 - 09:19

      As for the water running forever --- as if cost free --- the average ANNUAL debt servicing and operating costs (averaged over 50 years) is just under $300 million PER YEAR, EVERY YEAR alone.

    • Dundernomics
      December 07, 2013 - 06:42

      @ H Jefford: Pollute the air or the ground because water may be free but electricity is not and you are leaving a Legacy of Debt for generations of future Newfoundlanders. Muskrat is probably one of the top 10 dumbest schemes in the world.

    • Tony Rockel
      December 07, 2013 - 12:15

      What planet are you living on, Mr Jefford? Do you think $12 Billion is small change? Do you realize that this project will result in more than a 200% increase in your power bill? We've heard this mantra from you countless times before, but it looks as though "as long as water runs and grass grows" you will continue to make the same stupid claims.

  • Ken Collis
    December 06, 2013 - 06:48

    The lens that I'm looking through is the one in my wallet. Just tell me how much my power bill will be please. Then I can decide if I can stay in NL or move away.

    • Jay
      December 06, 2013 - 16:25

      In 2017 (when the Muskrat adjusted rates kick in) your power bill will be approximately double what it is now.

  • Concerned
    December 06, 2013 - 06:21

    The lens I look through is what we will pay for this power delivered to Soldiers Pond. This lense is not in the Premier's tool kit. Why cant this government tell us what the current cost estimate is for this project! It should not be that difficult as the Nalcor experts will be producing a monthly Life of Project cost report that will forecast the cost out to completion. Just release it. It should not be difficult. Tell us how much it will cost delivered to Soldiers Pond. Tell us with the loan garuntee, and without the loan garuntee. Just share with us, what is readily available.