The Muskrat Falls power debate continues on and our Newfoundland and Labrador citizens continue to observe the explanations put out by our elected members and news media over the past year. I wish to give my views. At the present time the projected cost is $6.2 billion. This cost is far too much for our province. How far can this cost escalate? Nobody knows for sure. Why put our province in such a high money crisis?
The oil revenue cannot sustain this biggest cost project in our history.
In its present form, if this power project is ever passed, all government departments will be downgraded in money allotments. This could be a huge mistake by all concerned.
There are other options. We all know that Labrador needs a lot of power for all present and future mines, industries and houses. So why not develop Muskrat for Labrador only? This would make sense. The cost would drop dramatically. We all know that the island of Newfoundland will need more power in the future, but I’m quite sure that this can be solved by the use of natural gas or maybe a tie-in with waterfalls on the island portion of the south coast.
If the present proposal on Muskrat Falls is ever allowed to go ahead, barring the successful export of power, all Newfoundland and Labrador residents will certainly pay the price.