A man is facing criminal charges after chopping a telephone pole in a one-man protest of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

Dennis Burden arrived at the construction site on the north side of the river on Tuesday morning with a flag, a sign, and an axe.

He travelled from Port Hope Simpson to demonstrate his own discontent with the Muskrat Falls project.

"We got to stop this destruction," he said. "The planet cannot support this; it's suicide."

Burden said the province should instead be investigating solar and wind power, which he said would be less destructive.

"They're going to continue. Every river in Labrador is going to be dammed," he said.

"If we don't stop this one today, it's over."

He chopped his way through a portion of one of the poles with power lines headed to the Muskrat Falls work site.

Nalcor wouldn't comment on if the lines were live, or whether it affected operations at the site.

The police were called, and Burden was charged with mischief.

"I hope I can get to go home and spend Christmas with my kids, but if there's some way that this could help stop that project with me sitting in jail all through Christmas, this would be the greatest gift to them," he said.

But Burden didn't have to stay in jail for long – he was released late Tuesday morning.

While Burden was the only person involved in this protest, he said there are many others who are upset with the hydroelectric megaproject.

"This is not the end of it. There's a lot of people talking of an independent Labrador, of coming with a chainsaw and flattening the works," he said.

"There's people willing to do this; it doesn't stop with me here today."