On June 26, Nalcor CEO Ed Martin told the people of this province he is comfortable with the cost envelope for the Muskrat Falls project and how his first megaproject is proceeding.
Do you remember the then honourable John Crosbie sticking the sobriquet “The Honourable Pinocchio” on the then right honourable federal finance minister Marc Lalonde?
How about your memories of the greatest American news magazine of all time, Mad, its gap-toothed goofy spokesman Alfred E. Neuman and his mantra for all apocalyptic occasions — “What, me worry?”
Then there still is the iconic Pete Seeger and his Vietnam War era protest song, “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy.”
Now, every time I read the papers, “That old feelin’ comes on/We’re waist deep in the Big Muddy/ And the big fool says push on.”
As for me, I will stand with Dave Vardy and Ron Penney, J.F. Collins, Des Sullivan and his yarry uncle, Cabot Martin and all the others. If they’ll have me. Knowing a little bit about the history of this place, I am uncomfortable as hell.
Martin also spoke at his news conference of the temporary dome, the $100-million covering proposed by Astaldi to allow winter construction at Muskrat Falls.
Is it wise and sound construction practice to artificially increase the length of the construction season in a northern climate to build a hydroelectric dam, power house and spillway of concrete?
I know concrete for such structures is placed, not just poured like basement walls or sidewalk slabs.
The proof of a pudding is in the eating and the proof of engineered concrete is in its proper and natural curing.
Is this proposed dome a shortcut by Ed Martin and Gilbert Bennett to have first power from Muskrat Falls by 2017?
More importantly, will the use of a dome or any such enclosure or hoarding compromise the service life and structural integrity of the concrete at Muskrat Falls?