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Pam Frampton: Who said it? Muskrat Falls quiz 2

Construction at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam site, 2014.
Construction at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam site, 2014.

Take this handy-dandy quiz and test your knowledge of who’s said what about one of the most monumental issues to face this province.

Pam Frampton

1. “But I knew when we put that project together in the beginning and we signed off on it a couple years ago, it had all the right components.”

2. “One thing is absolutely certain: the island of Newfoundland does not need over 800 megawatts of new energy, now or in the forseeable future.”

3. “Our rates will be decided by someone else. It will be decided by a power purchase agreement that will be put in place by Nalcor and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. It will not be the PUB in this particular case. That power purchase agreement will be done for 50 years, and it will have to include the overruns on the project. The ratepayers of this province will be responsible for 100 per cent of the overruns on the project, and that will have to go back into the rates, because the federal government says that we must generate enough revenue to cover off these costs.”

4. “Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro has evaluated a number of alternative practical supply options for generation sources to meet the island’s long-term electricity needs. Hydro concluded that the development of Muskrat Falls with the transmission link to the island is the least-cost option to supply electricity consumers in the province. It will provide electricity consumers with the lowest rates possible and therefore the lowest electricity bills possible.”

5. “Decades of studies and analyses exhausting potential alternative energy sources have continually shown that this project is the lowest-cost way to meet our electricity needs. The business case for developing Muskrat Falls and the Labrador-island link is as sound today as the day it was announced in November 2010.”

6. “Our demand for electricity is rising and will continue to rise well into the future. This is primarily driven by new home and commercial building construction and the use of electric heat, but also by the new Vale Inco Nickel Smelter in Long Harbour.”

7. “Generally, the costs between DG2 to the ratepayer and DG3 have not increased, because even though there’s an increase in the cost of the project, that will be offset by the loan guarantee.”

8. “Given the magnitude of the project ... the billions that are being talked about here, and the risk that is being talked about should not go forward until the province does a full examination.”

9. “Last year, we campaigned all summer and into the fall, and I can tell you I had two people during the whole course of our election campaign raise the issue with concern. I’m out and about in the province all the time, so what I saw reflected in the CRA poll is what I hear every day and what my colleagues hear every day.”

10. “Emera will have 100 per cent ownership of the Maritime link for 35 years. Emera will have ownership of 29 per cent of the Labrador/island link for up to 50 years. The government of Nova Scotia will not pay one cent for Muskrat Falls.”


*Now, read the first letter of each quote to spell out a synonym for Muskrat Falls.


1. Former premier Danny Williams Dec. 17, 2012, Telegram
2. Former premier Roger Grimes, letter to The Telegram, Sept. 24, 2012
3. Liberal Leader Dwight Ball, House of Assembly, Dec. 7, 2012
4. Natural Resources Minister Shawn Skinner, letter to The Telegram May 28, 2011
5. Nalcor board chair Ken Marshall, letter to The Telegram, May 10, 2014
6. Nalcor CEO Ed Martin, letter to The Telegram Oct. 8, 2011
7. Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy, Oct. 31, 2012
8. Kevin Lacey, Atlantic director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Nov. 16, 2012
9. Premier Kathy Dunderdale commenting on a poll that found two-thirds of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in favour of Muskrat Falls, Nov. 20, 2012
10. Richard Cashin, Edward Hearn, Dennis Browne, letter to The Telegram, Oct. 8, 2011


Pam Frampton is The Telegram’s associate managing editor. Email Twitter: pam_frampton

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