Michael questions status of Muskrat Falls cofferdam
A month ago, as protests over potential methylmercury contamination swept the province, the provincial government and Nalcor said it was “urgent” that the Muskrat Falls reservoir be flooded. Two weeks ago, coffer dam problems meant the water in the reservoir had to be drained. Today in the House of Assembly, NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) asked for clarification on the status of Muskrat Falls flooding.
“The Premier and the CEO of Nalcor told us over a month ago that it was urgent that the Muskrat Falls reservoir be flooded to protect the integrity of the infrastructure at the falls,” she said in the House of Assembly. “Nalcor later released water from the reservoir to deal with problems with the cofferdam.
“I ask the Premier for an update on this urgent matter. Have the repairs to the cofferdam been completed and when does he anticipate that Nalcor will start to raise the water level in the reservoir?”
The people of the province were repeatedly told that flooding had to start when it did because frazzle ice threatened the integrity of the dam structure.
“I ask the Premier, what impact might this lengthy delay in what we were told was urgently-needed flooding have on the integrity of this multi-billion dollar structure?” she said.