Halt Muskrat Falls until we can afford it

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What is the benefit of Muskrat Falls to Newfoundland and Labrador? Absolutely nothing. 

I received my electricity bill for December and the kilowatt per hour rate was the same as it was in 2010. NL Hydro increased the rates in 2011 and 2012 claiming higher oil costs. In 2013, the Public Utilities Board ordered NL Hydro and Newfoundland Power to refund the money they overcharged customers.

The previous provincial government prevented the PUB from interfering with Nalcor’s Muskrat Falls project. This deprives the citizens of any regulatory protection from whatever Nalcor thinks they deserve.

If the new government continues to support the completion of the Muskrat Falls dam, we will see our rates increase by as much as 100 per cent, by two per cent each year after for the next 50 years. With the economy in the state it’s in, and oil at such a low, the only sensible thing to do is stop the Muskrat Falls development.

The project is half completed and what is built so far is good for 100 years. If at any time in the future it makes economical sense to continue with the project, great. Right now, building a dam that produces power at four times the cost of what we can sell it for is just plain stupid.

Gerry Goodman

St. John’s

Organizations: Public Utilities Board, Newfoundland Power

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  • H Jefford
    February 03, 2016 - 15:10

    The Muskrat Falls should be built with a transmission line to the island that is Built heavy enough to transmit the Muskrat Falls Power and Extra transmission lines, That would be capable of transmitting The UPPER CHURCHILL FALLS POWER AFTER THE YEAR 2041 WHEN THE LOPSIDED CONTRACT NOW IN PLACE THAT HAS PAID QUEBEC $100, BILLION TO NFLD $ 1, BILLION Expires !

  • Lucien Beauregard
    January 28, 2016 - 20:33

    The Muskrat Falls project is made of two independent engineering projects: 1.- The dams and power house 2.- The transmission lines running from Churchill Falls to Saint John’s. The construction of dams and power house could be halted or postponed. However the transmission line construction shouldn’t be halted….if possible it should be accelerated. Huge amount of power is already available at the Churchill Falls. The Muskrat Falls transmission lines have been designed to be feed by Churchill Falls. That power is almost free ( one quarter cent per kWhr ) and it is yours. Take it !

  • SkepticalNewfoundlander
    January 27, 2016 - 09:44

    Are you expecting all the contractors and suppliers to walk away mid contract without pay? It can't be stopped.

  • Wanda White
    January 25, 2016 - 11:09

    Let Muskrat Falls be stopped. Better a white elephant than a money grubbing black hole!

  • Dennis Burden
    January 25, 2016 - 07:01

    Anyone still thinking the Muskrat Fails Monster is still a good idea must be one of the select few who stand to gain from the slaughter ..... you actually think we will be using Hydro for energy 50 Years down the road ?? ..... it ain`t clean , it ain`t green and the only markets we can find is giving it away for free to NS ( well we might get the market price in the States if we could get it there ) and thats 3-4 cents vs our 30 cents to send ... and there is that growing resistance to dirty Canadian Hydro down there also .... Holyrood ain`t going nowhere either ..... can someone please tell me again how clean , green , least cost option and needed the slaughter is ??

  • Edwin Charles
    January 24, 2016 - 21:46

    Lets put away our bitterness against our fellow citizens of Quebec. Let's look at Churchill Falls and Muskrat Falls as a boon for both of us and a boon for Canada . Can we come to some agreement between Quebec and ourselves on both sources that would benefit not both provinces , but the whole of Canada? Let's enter in to discussions with our sister province with the en game of connecting to a Canada wide grid ,supplying all of Canada and selling the excess power to the USA. Impossible? I think not. Only our own selfish considerations provide the obsticles.

  • Dean
    January 23, 2016 - 14:21

    If they don't stop it, our family will be leaving this province. Our children are not going to inherit debt from bad decisions, incompetent governments, nor pay for past transgressions towards it residents.

  • The Grateful Auk
    January 23, 2016 - 14:17

    Dying of thirst in the hot desert sun, the lost traveller crawls over the last few sand dunes to a beautiful green oasis. Eying the Bedouin guarding the well with his sword, he asks 'How much for your water good sir?'. The Bedouin replies 'The water is free ….. but the bucket will cost you $10 billion'.

  • Hmmm
    January 23, 2016 - 14:02

    Maybe not halt it but rather slow the pace.

  • BTO
    January 23, 2016 - 13:32

    Ev, I take exception to your insulting remark "another Newfie joke." Surely you can make a comment without demeaning the province? Also, just where do you think the billions will come from to complete MF now. I would love to see your financial recommendations for the provincial budget to accommodate it's completion at this time.

  • BTO
    January 23, 2016 - 10:00

    Mr Goodman, I'm with you on that. MF is something we just can't afford right now, and something we don't need right now. Shut it down until the economy recuperates and levels off, and revisit it then.

  • Ev
    January 23, 2016 - 08:54

    That would be another Newfie joke. Oil may be cheap now but tomorrow, who knows. Water is cheap all the time. Close to the same amount of money would have to be spent to refurbish Holyrood, 50 years down the road it would have to be done again. Bite the bullet now and get it done.

    • Jerome
      January 23, 2016 - 14:24

      Ev, you sure your not the mayor of St. John's , you both talk the same. The mayor wants to spend money on acreage in a non existent subdivision ( that may never get built) because in the future the price might go up. We don't need to refurbish Holyrood, with all the current advances in alternate power generation, we definitely don't need Muskrat Falls. Wind power is now as cheap as oil, solar is advancing all the time, MIT in the US has come up with a way to turn those glass office towers into electrical generators, plus there is major advances in power storage for when the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine. Plus we have an aging demographic, which by it's nature consume less electrical power.

    • WA
      January 23, 2016 - 17:57

      It was estimated to cost about 700 million to refurbish Holyrood, and to add gas turbines about the same, but these need fuel. Muskrat is much more expensive and there is issues of reliability that are unknown. Too bad MF got this far. Could have taken other options that would have kept rates steady instead of massive increases. But it was proceeded with on false assumptions, and the public fed a pack of lies, as is becoming evident.

    • Dolf
      January 23, 2016 - 21:33

      You didn't say where the money would come from to "bite the bullet and get it done". The legislation led by Dunderdale and Kennedy handing Nalcor a blank cheque was stupid then and more stupid now. Gerry Goodman is right!