Court case will not impact Muskrat Falls: Project lead

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Lower Churchill project lead Gilbert Bennett says the court case filed by Hydro-Quebec will not negatively impact the Muskrat Falls project.

Taking any and all questions from reporters at Nalcor Energy's offices in St. John's this morning, the Nalcor vice-president said he could not speak specifically to the arguments to be made in the legal dispute relating to the power contract between Hydro-Quebec and the Churchill Falls Labrador Corp. ( CF(L)Co.)

CF(L)Co. issued a statement earlier today saying information will become available as the case progresses.

Bennett said whether the issue is water management, energy pricing, the loan guarantee or the ability to obtain project financing, the result of the court case will not increase the cost of Muskrat Falls for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Asked about a legal challenge by NunatuKavut to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans permitting for the project, he said that challenge has no merit. He suggested the group is confusing disappointment with the level of consultation with having no consultation relating to activities on the project site.



Organizations: Hydro-Quebec, Nalcor Energy, Churchill Falls Labrador Corp. Muskrat Falls for Newfoundland and Labrador.Asked Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • EDfromRED
    July 29, 2013 - 19:41

    When the Supreme Court of Canada hears this case, who thinks NL will prevail over Quebec? Probably the same percentile of people who think Bigfoot and Elvis are shacked up in Atlantis at the moment. This project has always been a "Make Work" exercise for NALCOR, and a way for millionaires to become multi-millionaires.

  • RKB
    July 27, 2013 - 20:05

    Tony, you and your kind are never, never satisfied. I personally believe in the experts when it comes to the future of NL and I believe we have a very bright future for generations to come. THINK BIG, THINK. FUTURE AND GET ONBOARD.

  • Duffy
    July 26, 2013 - 14:47

    Lawyers sue for anything and so do we as Newfoundlanders. Our Province has the highest rate of people going to the hospital for treatment than any other Province. Why ? Since we found out that it is easy to get money from the insurance companies we now are like the rest of North America - sue - sue - sue! To stupid to realize we all pay in the end. GO LAWYERS !!!!!! Get your 33% with a letter or two.

  • Bruno Marcoochio
    July 26, 2013 - 11:37

    "Bennett said whether the issue is water management, energy pricing, the loan guarantee or the ability to obtain project financing, the result of the court case will not increase the cost of Muskrat Falls" As stupid and implausible as this is, that is Gilbert's story and he is sticking to it. Nalcor is desperate to keep anyone from seeing any details about this economic and ecological disater. Arrogance and outright lies have gotten them this far. They have no other strategy apart from undemocratic political shielding from the grim truth.

    • bruno ii
      July 26, 2013 - 12:59

      What's wrong Bruno, you don't believe Mr Bennett? He has a wealth of engineering and business acumen. What are your credentials that we should listen to any of your belly aching? You just attempt to plant negative comments hoping you will collect a few followers. Newfoundlanders have had their fill of your kind. Perhaps there is a cause on your own back doorstep that needs your skillful attention. Or do people not read your comments in your own local papers.

  • hua mulan
    July 26, 2013 - 10:56

    I'm thinking that if I were a lawyer,or an accountant, or even a backroom politician, I would understand these wranglings, instead I am a painter and what I sees are swigs and swirls on a badly painted canvass - would any one else call the piece, augh look at all those twerkin eggs in one basket?

  • Tony Rockel
    July 26, 2013 - 10:22

    If everything is under control and there are no worries, then why is NALCOR bothering to have a press conference? They've never bothered to let us in on any of the details of what they've been doing until now, so what has changed?

  • sparky
    July 26, 2013 - 09:50

    Reason # 871, for BIG business not to invest in NL! Lawyers love-it, they benefit greatly.