The Commission of Inquiry Respecting the Muskrat Falls Project (Muskrat Falls Inquiry) was founded by the governments of Labrador and Newfoundland on November 20, 2017 in response to numerous issues and concerns revolving around the Muskrat Falls Megadam (Lower Churchill Project).
The criteria for this inquiry include:
•Major cost discrepancies between the estimated cost of the project and the costs incurred by Nalcor during project execution.
•Whether Nalcor Energy properly informed the applicable provincial governments or risks and problems with the project.
•Whether Nalcor energy properly considered options to address the electricity needs of Newfoundland and Labrador’s customers.
The final report was delivered on March 2020 and made recommendations to pursue civil and criminal charges regarding some elements and/or actors involved with the project.
NAMRA’s 5 Main Takeaways:
•Nalcor Energy acted irresponsibly through various stages of the Muskrat Falls Megadam planning and construction process.
•The Muskrat Falls project has had and will continue to have negative environmental impacts that were not properly addressed or planned for by Nalcor Energy.
•The construction of this dam puts many front-line communities at higher risk of methylmercury exposure.
•Indigenous consultation during this project was completely unsatisfactory with lack of consultation for some communities or improper consultation for others.
•There is no evidence that the Muskrat Falls project will benefit Labrador and Newfoundland’s ratepayers.
For more details and supporting evidence, please visit this document.