How is it that MY government is not trying to understand MY concerns?
There are some talented people doing some great work to draw our attention to the lack of communication about the Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Project.
Today I found Vision2041 who are breaking down the numbers and are suggesting that this huge financial burden can be avoided with some planning until we regain control of the Upper Churchill in 2041.
A week or so ago I discovered StandInYourPlaceNL who want to ensure clear and open discussion on the issue. They are calling for a second PUB review into the alternatives to Muskrat Falls and a referendum.
There has been some news coverage, though I fear they are concentrating on the opinions versus the facts, and lots of debate in social media However there is a lack of information. Not to say that there is NO information. In fact there is much promise of great deals of information and I am sure it is forth coming. However, my understanding is that communication is a two-way street, and it seems to be the party line that is you are not with us you are against us. The concerns surrounding the Muskrat Falls project are many and varied, however the only legitimate opinion that the Premier will acknowledge is “we are with you.”
This is a scarey prospect to me. How is it that MY Premier, MY Government is not trying to understand what MY concerns are? Should they be trying to put themselves in my shoes instead of looking for proof that they might be wrong? Why is it that in her speech to the PCs that Dunderdale sounded cocky and smug about beating down the opponents? Though I would like to think that government would work together and respect the differing opinions of the various parties, I know that is just a silly dream. However, I am not affiliated with any party, shouldn’t MY opinion matter? Maybe? Somewhere? I am NOT the competition.
Ok, so I have concerns … and they are mostly environmental. And I know that environment is only cool as when it doesn’t interrupt business, however I feel that some of them might even be serious business concerns. I am hoping to go into each of these a little deeper soon, however let’s start here:
1) Grand River is the 7th largest river in the country and the main vein of Labrador. We can only push our limits so much as we mess around with nature. The dam will forever change the local habitat, the movement of fish through the river and the patterns of water flow. How this will effect the environment is impossible to say. We can put in our best guesses, however water IS the lifeblood of the earth and these large rivers are her veins.
2) The flood plain of Muskrat Falls cannot be properly cleared. As the carbon sink rots under the water it releases huge amounts of that carbon, substituting on carbon emitting giant (Holyrood) for another. Yet when it all balances out, there will be so many more marvelous solutions to our energy requirements as governments around the world are funding innovation instead of this destruction.
3) The rotting vegetation also will release methyl-mercury which will find its way into the local food chain over the next twenty years and contribute to growing mercury levels (ie – the reason we are more and more weary about eating large sea fish) in the ocean. There are still populations in Labrador who live sustainably. These people and their children will have increased exposure to this neuron-toxin.
4) The people of Labrador are split on this debate. However there are large groups of people close to the river who are fighting the development of Muskrat Falls. It is their river, their culture and their heritage. This river holds the stories of their ancestors and no matter how much we may understand this or not, the river is much more then just running water. Whoa re we to displace them?
Let’s not say this is green energy. That is unfair to the project and the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. I look forward to seeing this onslaught of information coming forth from our government starting as soon as Tuesday.
If you have concerns — PLEASE share them on THIS POST, thanks!
N.B. — “MY” refers to “OUR” … ie, the everyday Jane who is wondering why this is barreling ahead as if we are the competition and our opinion is only worth serious consideration if we have the money and the resources to do the research that might have a hope in hell of helping the government to Rethink this project.