Lower Churchill Power: Needed or Danny’s Delusion?
For Immediate Release
March 3, 2011
The Full Panel Environmental Assessment of the Lower Churchill Hydro Project (LCHP) gets underway today in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador.
Sierra Club Canada campaigner Bruno Marcocchio will outline to the Panel reviewing the proposed LCHP that the project is not wanted, not needed, and will destroy Canada’s 7th largest river.
“This project is little more than a political legacy for former Premier Danny Williams. If the Upper Churchill Project was Joey Smallwood’s’ mistake when he gave power in a long term contract to Québec for less than a penny a kilowatt, this project is Danny’s Delusion,” said Marcocchio. “If this legacy project goes forward, power will once be given away at a highly discounted rate - this time to Nova Scotia - for thirty-five years. It’s unacceptable and the people of Labrador don’t support it.”
NALCOR Energy is proposing to produce 2800 megawatts of energy at two dams - Muskrat Falls and Gull Island. “There is no Provincial market for this energy. This project will destroy the Churchill and its watershed just to leave a legacy for Danny Williams,” said Roberta Benefiel, Grand (a.k.a.Churchill) Waterkeeper. “It is not clean, not green and sadly not needed here or elsewhere.”
Dams and Development, the report of the World Commission on Dams defines large scale dams as not green energy. For this reason, most large scale hydro operations of the New England States do not qualify as renewable energy under the renewable portfolio standards.
“The proposed destruction of Canada’s seventh largest river to produce power, unneeded in the region and uncompetitive in export markets, can’t be allowed to proceed” Marcocchio said. “It’s bad economics, bad for the environment and misguided.”
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