Former premier Brian Peckford
An open letter to Premier Kathy Dunderdale from former premier Brian Peckford emailed late Wednesday evening.
On March 3, 2012 I wrote you a letter in which I expressed my concerns about the Muskrat Falls Project. One of the statements made in that letter was:
“I believe some greater certainty is required and that the present proposal be subject to a broader set of questions undertaken by an objective, independent, transparent process.”
This was not done and today the province finds itself with additional challenges.
Given the recent legal action of Quebec Hydro and the recent decision of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board I think there is a need for your Government to provide more information and clarity on the possible and probable ramifications that these actions might have on the project and the province.
For example, given the legal action, does this pose additional risk to the province?
If you have legal opinions that the Quebec action is really frivolous then I think you have an obligation to make these opinions public. And the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board decision seems to mean that additional undertakings will have to be made thereby potentially changing the present arrangements.
Do such changes impact the project or province in any way? Furthermore, the people need to know the cost of this project today including the interest cost during construction.
This is a multibillion-dollar project with huge risks as these latest actions validate. I think the people of the province need to be reassured that the government is firmly in control of this project and that these latest two developments do not in any way heighten the risks and jeopardize the viability of the project.
This letter will be copied to the media
A. Brian Peckford
Qualicum Beach, B.C.