Muskrat Falls Inquiry: A missed opportunity for reconciliation – Policy Options

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Muskrat Falls Inquiry: A missed opportunity for reconciliation – Policy Options

by pmnationtalk on January 23, 2018303 Views

The terms of reference of the Muskrat Falls Inquiry don’t address the concerns of Labradorians about the impact of the dam on their lives.

The Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador has been plagued by problems and has even been publicly labelled a “boondoggle” by Stan Marshall, CEO of Nalcor Energy, the provincial Crown corporation overseeing it. The most recent estimates predict that the cost of the finished dam will run to $12.7 billion, an increase of almost $5 billion from initial projections. The dam is not expected to produce electricity until 2020 — two years behind schedule. For a project that was supposed to ensure the future economic prosperity of the province, it has not lived up to expectations.

On November 20, 2017, after months of political pressure, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball announced that the province was setting up a public inquiry into the Muskrat Falls project. Many, including myself, who are concerned about the effects of the project on the people of the province, but especially those in Labrador, were hopeful that this inquiry might address the critical social justice concerns surrounding this dam.

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