May 27, 2020 – NAMRA’s Response to Governor Cuomo’s proposal to import more Canadian hydropower and build a transmission corridor from Canada to New York 

March 5, 2020 – Report: NECEC and CHPE transmission corridors tied to potential for more dam construction in Canada

Hydro-Quebec can’t meet demand without new supplies

U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate imports of Canadian hydropower

NAMRA report comes to same conclusion as two other independent reports about HQ’s claims to supply hydro to the U.S.

HQ is greenwashing NECEC and CHPE transmission corridors: can’t deliver enough hydro for contracts, has to back fill with fossil fuels, nuclear or find new hydro supplies from new megadams in Eastern Canada.

January 2020 report for coalition of groups opposing Mayor DeBlasio’s proposed deal with HQ for CHPE corridor says HQ can’t meet promises.

October 2018 report for Natural Resources Council of Maine says HQ NECEC project can’t deliver on climate promises and is bad deal for Maine.

November 2018: Hudson Riverkeeper of New York says HQ can’t meet its promises of supplying CHPE with hydro from existing dams and CHPE project will result in destroying more rivers, harm climate and further poison Indigenous communities with methylmercury.

February 21, 2020

Wet’suwet’en Solidarity & Climate Justice Event

June 6, 2019

Muskrat Falls Ottawa Solidarity Coalition: NAMRA

April 25, 2019

NAMRA Opposes Champlain Hudson Power Express

February 19, 2019 – NAMRA’s Press Release on the Inquiry

International network supports activists testifying at government inquiry on Muskrat Falls megadam

Inuit Marjorie Flowers and Grand Riverkeeper Roberta Benefiel opposing Muskrat Falls at Inquiry on Feb. 22, 2019

North American Megadams Resistance Alliance (NAMRA) announced its support for Grand Riverkeeper’s Roberta Benefiel and Labrador Land Protector Marjorie Flowers who will testify against the controversial $12.9 billion Muskrat Falls megadam at Phase II of the Commission of Inquiry Respecting the Muskrat Falls Project (Inquiry) established by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The Inquiry is investigating project mismanagement and cost overruns by Nalcor, the Crown corporation building the megadam. Muskrat Falls Concerned Citizens Coalition, Benefiel, Flowers and others demanded the Inquiry, collecting over 1,000 petition signatures.

According to Benefiel, information “revealed beyond a shadow of a doubt that costs, studies, reports, and experts were manipulated by Nalcor to gain government approval. The decision-making process was horribly flawed and excluded meaningful consideration of the megadam’s devastating impacts on rivers and communities. The financial projections were also wrong. The inquiry is exposing just how corrupt and single-minded our previous and current governments have been in their head-long rush to build Muskrat Falls. Tragically, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will bear the financial, ecological, and societal costs forever. Our electric rates are projected to rise to about 21 cents per kilowatt hour in order to cover Nalcor’s cost overruns,” Benefiel said.

Flowers, an Inuk grandmother jailed multiple times for protesting the Muskrat Falls dam, will testify about the irreparable harm to her way of life and community from the dam.  She states, “We are tired of the provincial government coming here to Labrador and using our lands for resource extraction with a brazen disregard for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, our cultures and the environment. My people have lived here for generations, relying on food from the river that is now going to be poisoned with methylmercury.  The government and industry reap the benefits and leave giant footprints and toxic garbage, destroy forests, dam our rivers, poison our water and take more and more —  leaving us to bear the cost. When I have dared to speak up, I have been jailed.”

NAMRA opposes the Muskrat Falls and Hydro-Quebec megadams and the many long-distance power lines proposed to bring Canadian hydropower to the United States. NAMRA spokesperson Meg Sheehan says “Multi-national corporations falsely claim this is ‘renewable’ clean energy. Destroying rivers and communities in Canada for ‘clean’ energy in the U.S. is unacceptable.”

Inquiry Webcast: www.muskratfallsinquiry.ca/

Grand Riverkeeper www.grandriverkeeperlabrador.ca

Labrador Land Protectors on Facebook

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