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  • madan rana
    November 20, 2012 - 07:38

    I agree, debate is for show only, decesion is already made, long time ago. With all these reports available we still don't know the "Bus Bar" cost at, Muskrat FallsPlant ,St John's terminal and most important at take off point For Emera, so one can figure out what it would be costing Newfoundland rate payers to provide free energy to NovaScotians. Plus we will know if the energy sold beyond NovaScotia is at subsidised rates , paid by ,you guessed right by Newfoundlanders.

  • Casey
    November 18, 2012 - 17:18

    To bad the author didn't put as much effort into bashing the managers of NL's fish resources as he is with this Muskrat Falls project. I guess the fishery just wasn't worth the effort huh.

    • Joe
      November 19, 2012 - 15:18

      Yep, you won't win journalism prizes writing about fish plants

  • The muppets danny boy
    November 17, 2012 - 16:09

    Did danny promise the mining companys cheap power when he was premier? This is a deal thats gone off the charts. There couldn't be a debate in the house with experts because they would truly show the unecomonics of the deal and just how much nalcor and governmnet has not completed on the deal. We still don't know about the loan from ottawa and Emera( the MOU is 2 years old) Then you have the likes of jerome kenndey, with all his years as a lawyer, trying to legeally take our rights away on infomation and rules we have in place to protect us from such a blanket being thrown on our rights. He's been married to this for a long time and this MuskratFalls is his Oj Trial. That and Ed martin said this deal had to be done by Xmas. They have figured how Nalcor will get its return back, NL Hydro will get its cut, emera will proft from it by just by plugging in their extension cord for 30 yearst, the mining companies from basicially free power and our very own disrespectful arrogant governmnet will sell our power, if there's any left for what seems to be an award for all their hard work, rather then paying on the debt, even with all the so called tax dollars they'll be getting. But they can't to this very day say how much it will cost us, the REAL PEOPLE who are paying for it. This is from years of tunnel vision and they wayt to blame Quebec for their out of control spending.

  • crista
    November 17, 2012 - 13:12

    we read an article about israel opening the gates of hell are they sure israel are the ones opened them????

  • Joe
    November 17, 2012 - 13:10

    Russell get over yourself. Your editorials on Muskrat Falls have been the most lop-sided, consistently negative journalism I have ever experienced. You have a large audience of readers and it is completely wrong how you have presented Muskrat. I feel bad for those that believe you have journalistic integrity, because all you are doing is ruining their chance to make an informed, unbiased decision.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    November 17, 2012 - 11:23

    70% of the so-called cost advantage of Muskrat Falls is based on Nalcor's outlandish oil price forecast........ Quote from today's Globe and Mail..." In the third quarter, Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd.s sold its oil sands crude for just $38.12 a barrel"...... At that price, Muskrat power would be about 7 to 8 times more expensive that the oil cost of production at Holyrood...........Also, from today's G & M, "The International Energy Agency predicted this week that the U.S. is set (by 2017) to become the largest oil producing nation on earth, more prolific than Saudi Arabia"...... And our politicians are about to lock us into a 50-year high cost take or pay contract so that mining giants can have power at 10% of what it will cost island ratepayers to produce?

  • crista
    November 17, 2012 - 10:21

    russell,there is more to this that we want to comment on for now. but there is to many bad apples that over flowed the barrel and when it comes back at the ones that pushed these deals and projects???? what and how are they going to do it then, live off the hard paying tax dollars or what invest there own money???? get share holders and investors dollars or what are they going to ask for another loan for who to pay back???? build and destroy do that sound about right???? if you under stand the government like we do ,not enough info and to much bad politics and no justice????

  • Pierre Neary
    November 17, 2012 - 08:58

    Agreed, but I think you were a little generous in describing the upcoming debate as window dressing. I am having trouble understanding Minister Kennedy’s comments on the PUB seeing that his former boss appointed the CEO??

  • Want it Over
    November 17, 2012 - 08:26

    The question which has not been answered. What is the impact on our rates if we sell 120 MW of capacity (800 GWh of energy) to Alderon and give 167 MW (1000 GWhr) to Emera. The DG2 and DG3 numbers both exclude the integrated demand. In the peak winter periods who is paying for the oil to burn to meet this integrated demand. What will the power purchase agreement look like between Nalcor and NLH? Or in 3 years will they be arguing to build Gull Island to meet the mining demand, and to ensure we can shut down Holyrood. I find this afront on due process to be appalling. This project better come in on budget, or there will be a royal commission. The results wont be pretty, based on the litany of poor decision making. The results would likely be very similar to the findings of the royal commission on Sprung. I want this to be over. I am becoming too cynical.