Second in a two-part series
In a continuation from Friday’s edition, The Telegram looks at more outstanding issues related to the Muskrat Falls project.
Access to information
“I really am looking for information around the analysis that was done on alternatives.”
— NDP Leader Lorraine Michael, Feb. 8, 2012, following VOCM Muskrat Falls debate
Today, there is a wealth of information about Muskrat Falls and the Lower Churchill development, including the government’s look at alternatives.
That said, some items are still outside of the public eye, such as the value of project contracts.
The Telegram contacted the Public Utilities Board (PUB) to ask about 15 exhibits deemed “confidential” under its review.
While typically the confidentiality of exhibits can be challenged, through an appeal to the board, the Muskrat Falls review was not a typical case. “Pursuant to the Terms of Reference in the Muskrat Falls review, Nalcor, not the Board, made the determination that certain documents were of a confidential nature not to be released,” stated an emailed response to questions.
However, it is also true the provincial government has…