Frankly, there are those engaged in the debate on Muskrat Falls whose opinions mean very little to me.
These people are so myopic, extreme, and politically biased as to add nothing to the discussion but vitriol.
Of course, there are many who think that I should stop writing my blog. Like a former member of the Liberal Party’s Executive Board, who believes it is better to suppresses legitimate opinions than broadcast them.
Among those that I think offer much to the discussion is Telegram Blogger Geoff Meeker. Let me be clear, I do not feel that the guy is unbiased, but I think he is doing his best to present the debate in the context of the issues that are important to any person who truly wants to be informed.
He has dug in, and dug in deep, to ask pertinent questions. He has asked questions that need to be asked. This is an important debate, questions need to be answered, even if they have been addressed before.
Up to this point, the debate has been dominated( and ring fenced) by the overwhelming financial resources of government and Nalcor. Up to this point, voices in opposition to the project, or voices of reason requesting more information, have been written off as malcontents, shit disturbers and of having nothing to add to the discussion.
Meanwhile, the government’s position on the need for the project has shifted with the wind, so has the cost and scope of the project. A virtual game of spin-the-wheel for this weeks rationale for proceeding.
A week or so ago 2041 Energy Inc asked a question about Water Resource Management Rights suggesting that Hydro Quebec had a veto over how much water could flow through the turbines at Muskrat. I kept waiting for the CBC, VOCM or The Telegram to run a story negating or supporting the premise put forward by Bern Coffee. I really did not feel that the issue was adequately addressed. Certainly Nalcor’s rebuttal of Bern Coffey’s point did not cut it.
Yesterday, the CBC in Nova Scotia bit into the story with a vengeance. They talked to Nalcor, Quebec Hydro and representatives from 2041. The result, 2041’s suggestion was not outlandish. The issue of water resources is not settled.
Nalcor says they have a “pretty good deal of confidence”. I am sorry but a pretty good deal of confidence makes me see a little red. Legal questions have not been settled and a legal fight with Quebec Hydro is still possible. So much for getting around Quebec. In the meantime, Quebec Hydro is keeping it’s legal cards very close to their heinous chest.
Frankly, I can not believe that an issues as important as the flow of water needed to generate electricity for transmission to the island and export to Nova Scotia and the New England States has not been concretely dealt with.
Do not believe me, listen to the CBC Nova Scotia Interview. Listen to Nalcor’s answer to the Water Right's Management Question.
Besides shaking people’s confidence in Nalcor and the province’s leadership, the issues prominence in the Nova Scotia media re-enforces another fact, Emera’s involvement in this project is still not carved in stone.
As I have been saying for months, give me a reason to support this project besides smoke and Emera.
This weeks miscalculation with the energy calculator and now the “pretty good deal of confidence” on Water Rights has not increased my confidence, what has it done for yours?