The completion of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project poses a danger that has not been sufficiently emphasized. This danger comes with the establishment of a transmission link between Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.
The danger is that, with this link in place, there will be even greater incentive to construct hydroelectric projects both in Labrador and on the island.
Newfoundland and Labrador will then have an easy way to transmit energy to markets on the mainland. This may sound to some like a great boon for the province, another avenue for prosperity.
Certainly those who are keen to see the Muskrat Falls project succeed will respond to the prospect of even more profit with much enthusiasm and clapping of hands.
But for many of us who think that the flooding and destruction of ecosystems for the purpose of energy production is wrong-headed, this project is foreboding. Destroying ecosystems in Newfoundland and Labrador to produce energy will likely be a more common practice once the transmission link to Nova Scotia is complete. Let this be one more reason to oppose the Muskrat Falls project. The development of new ways to reduce energy consumption should be our priority.