Muskrat Falls

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

In the House of Assembly today, the NDP caucus asked some of the many questions that surround the controversial Muskrat Falls project. Top of the list was a demand for government to initiate a specialized investigation into the project’s initial cost projections, following revelations today from a former Nalcor engineer that the initial cost projections were completely unrealistic.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Questions continue to swirl around the way the Liberal government is handling Muskrat Falls and the deal with Nova Scotia utility company Emera, particularly the lack of transparency being displayed. NDP MHAs asked some of those questions today in the House of Assembly.

 
NDP St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

Members of the NDP Caucus were looking for answers from government on Muskrat Falls today in the House of Assembly, sparked by the Premier’s statement last week that electrical bills will double for residents of the province in three years.

“That means people now paying $300 a month will be facing a staggering $600 for their power bill,” said St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Nalcor and the provincial government knew about potential cofferdam problems last July. NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) wants to know to know why it took months for the public to find out.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

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.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) wants to know what government has to say about an industrial accident at the Muskrat Falls site near midnight Sunday. A concrete spill resulting from a collapsed framework saw seven workers in need of first aid treatment; one was sent to hospital.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) sees more questions than answers in the fall-out from government’s broadside at a Crown Corporation in the budget speech, which she feels sparked the resignation of Nalcor’s CEO Ed Martin and the entire Board.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Since the original announcement of the Muskrat Falls project, says NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi), her caucus has been asking questions calling for greater transparency around the project’s contracts and terms, as well as the impact of its costs on consumers’ household budgets.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says in light of the many concerns raised by today’s release of the Ernst Young interim report of the Muskrat Falls Project, government must immediately engage the province’s Public Utilities Board in overseeing the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

 
NDP Seniors Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Seniors Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says the inevitable increases in electricity prices that will come when Muskrat Falls power comes on line will hit one group of the population especially hard.

That group is the province’s seniors, particularly women, who often have particularly low incomes.

 

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