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The beat goes on, with a paper from the Harris Centre written by David Vardy. Please remember, according to Premier Kathy Dunderdale, Muskrat Falls is a good project.

Mr. Vardy is not so sure. Neither are a lot of people. By the speed with which Danny Williams departed the scene, neither was he.

I said it before and, like Mr. Vardy, I will say it again. Without Quebec, this so-called project is going nowhere that makes any sense.

The question is; how do we stop this ship of fools from sailing that little no-account electrical cord across the Straits, trekking it across the island twice, through the Gulf of St. Lawrence straight into the wall of Hydro-Québec power, where it will be short-circuited? Then, as Mr. Vardy suggests, the island ratepayers will be stuck with higher electrical rates because of it.

Sure, the investors will make a killing, but not the average taxpayer.

To me, the most contentious issues are that there is nothing in it for Labrador, the environmental destruction and the social upheaval.

Nalcor made it perfectly clear there would be no power for Labrador from this project.

The environmental destruction will be the destroyed forest, drowned and creating methyl mercury, a neurotoxin which will last for over a hundred years.

When did any Labradorian ever poison your water, Ms. Dunderdale?

The Innu are promised first crack at the jobs. They will bring in outside contractors, who in turn will bring in their own workers. Other Labradorians will get only scrap jobs, if that.

The social problems will be enormous given the pressure of this fly-in and fly-out operation.

Labrador needs jobs from its resources that will build the territory, not destroy it.

The Environmental Review Panel wrote up some 70-plus recommendations - unless these are followed, there will not likely be any federal loan guarantees.

More money for the Newfoundland and Labrador taxpayer to pony up.

No, this so-called project is simply being done to replace Holyrood, which, as Mr. Vardy points out, could be replaced by looking at alternatives.

Alternatives were crushed by Nalcor from the very outset.

Some way must be found to stop this project from turning into something which looks like the Upper Churchill or the Sprung greenhouse disasters.

Given the provincial government mentality for disasters, this may not be possible.

James G. Learning

Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Organizations: Harris Centre, Hydro-Québec

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Goose Bay

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  • William Daniels
    November 17, 2011 - 16:17

    This deals stinks on so many levels it's not funny. What happened to "no more giveaways". I guess it went away. The taxpayers money being poured into Nalcor has to stop now before it's to late.

  • Muskrat Falls Must be stopped
    November 17, 2011 - 13:20

    It appears that those orchestrating one of the biggest give away of a Newfoundland and Labrador resource will stay on the path of destruction with the development at the electorate of Newfoundland and Labrador's expense, while the province of Nova Scotia gains the benefits, as it relates to the Muskrat Falls Project. The orchestrators care not about the people of the province, all that they care about is a Legacy for themselves. I also see that the extra monies earned from the speedy recovery of oil is being put aside to be applied against the debt to make room for the mortgage on the Muskrat Falls Project. Beside what about the "Cost Over-runs" that, no doubt, will occur? By the way aren't "Cost Over-runs synonymous with a Licence to Print Money?

  • John Smith
    November 17, 2011 - 08:38

    This is wrong, and simply not factual on so many levels one doesn't know where to start. Labrador was promised power, and is promised power where it is feasible to do so. They are not going to run a multi hundred million dollar line for a remote community with a 100 people in it. However, when industry demands the power will be there. Our power bills just went up by 7%, and they will go up again by 7% next summer, 14% in one year with nothing to show for it. Mr. Vardy has stated publicly that he supports the project, Navigant supports the project, Wade Locke supports the project, the people at Nalcor support the project, the federal government has said they like it enough to backstop the loan. The envirometal reviews have been done. But it will never be safe enough for some. I guess the smoke pouring from the stacks at Duff's is OK for those who live nearby...a population 4 times the size of every person in Labrador. We should forget abouit all that I guess? Give me a break.