“The government of Canada has determined that
the expected significant energy, economic, socio-economic
and environmental benefits outweigh the ‘significant adverse
environmental effects’ of the project that have been identified
in the panel report,”
March 15, 2012
"if the recommended economic and alternatives studies show that there are alternative ways of meeting the electricity demands of the Island over the medium term in a manner that is economically viable and environmentally and socially responsible, the Muskrat Falls portion of the Project should likely not be permitted to proceed for purposes of meeting Island demand."
August 25, 2011
The joint federal/provincial review panel raised issues on various topics, including “considerable debate” over the potential for the damming of Muskrat Falls to cause “mercury moving downstream,” past the mouth of the river and into Goose Bay and Lake Melville.
In releasing the project for development, the feds said they agree that the project is the least cost option to meet the province's future energy needs, “while identifying risks and uncertainties, concluded by supporting Nalcor’s assertions that the project represents the least cost option for meeting anticipated provincial electricity demand.”
The feds stress that their own economic study was corroborated by an independent report prepared for the Public Utilities Board by Manitoba Hydro International.
So, just to cut through the bull shit, the only truly independent study produced in this process was rejected, while the studies based on Nalcor data, which dismissed other electrical production options to produce the desire result, is considered independent.
Sure makes one have confidence in our Environmental Assessment Process.
Why bother? How much did the governments expend/waste on the joint panel, hearings and support?