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Activists distribute Muskrat Falls water bottles outside premier’s speech to demand action on methyl mercury

Premier Dwight Ball didn’t have a firm answer about how much money the province will have to contribute to the new, smaller fisheries fund announced by the federal government last week.
Premier Dwight Ball didn’t have a firm answer about how much money the province will have to contribute to the new, smaller fisheries fund announced by the federal government last week.

People attending Premier Dwight Ball’s Fortis Energy Exchange keynote speech at the Sheraton (Wednesday) today are being given bottled water with labels that picture the Muskrat Falls dam and read “Muskrat Falls water” and “10 per cent methyl mercury.”

Activists passed out water bottles Wednesday at a speech by Premier Dwight Ball in St. John's. The bottles are labelled as Muskrat Falls water and are protesting methyl mercury content.

The group giving out the bottles said they are demanding the immediate release of water from the Muskrat Falls reservoir.

In a news release from Solidarity With Labrador, Angus Andersen of Nain, Labrador, who co-ordinated the creation of the bottles, said he is “doing this campaign to make Canadians aware of what our premier is doing to Labradorians.”

The group said last week, Nalcor announced it would not lower water levels at Muskrat Falls until July.

The Labrador Land Protectors, Nunatsiavut and Nunatukavut governments have said that violates the agreement between those governments and Ball made in October.

“I think Premier Ball, who happens to be Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs minister, is ignoring agreements because he has an agenda to complete the (Muskrat Falls) dam at all costs. Even the cost of lives of those living downstream from the project," Andersen said.

There have also been two days of assembly by the Labrador Land Protectors outside the Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The Land Protectors say they have yet to hear from the premier.

“It is shameful that the premier will take the time to discuss big energy projects in St. John’s while ignoring people at his office in Labrador who are simply asking that he ensure his government’s biggest energy project not poison them,” said Daniel Miller, of the St. John’s-based group Solidarity With Labrador.

The group said bottled water distribution and signs will be set up outside the Sheraton by 11:40 a.m. and will remain there until at least 1 p.m., the group said.

 

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