Nfld. & Labrador

Happy Valley-Goose Bay siding with Cartwright, Nunatsiavut Government on methylmercury at Muskrat Falls

They town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is echoing concerns over methylmercury and criticizing Nalcor and the provincial government for leaving them out of negotiations as the initial flooding at Muskrat Falls draws nearer.

Town says it hasn’t been part of any consultation around the project that is happening just outside the commun

Happy Valley-Goose Bay Mayor Jamie Snook has posted his own statement on Facebook saying "The municipalities most affected by this project should of been at the table since day one, and it does not matter who started the project. It is not too late to include our local governments that are made up entirely of local people who have to live with the impacts of this project." (CBC)

They town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is echoing concerns over methylmercury and criticizing Nalcor and the provincial government for leaving them out of negotiations as the initial flooding at Muskrat Falls draws nearer.

"Our town has been faced with many impacts in relation to the Muskrat Falls Project and the potential contamination of Lake Melville is the most concerning public health and safety issuing facing our community," a statement from the town says.

Seven transformers will be shipped to Cartwright and then trucked to the Muskrat Falls work site. (Twitter)

"The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay understands the concerns expressed by the Town of Cartwright and the Nunatsiavut Government."

Both Cartwright and Nunatsiavut are calling for the clearing of all vegetation prior before initial flooding starts.

Nalcor has said the first phase of flooding could happen as early as Saturday.

"Happy Valley-Goose Bay is Labrador's largest Indigenous populated community. Our residents have expressed concerns to us and we have a responsibility to understand the issue," the statement continues.

Not involved in negotiations

Happy Valley-Goose Bay has said its hope is that future developments in the province "will be more proactive and considerate of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians living adjacent to these projects."

Happy Valley-Goose Bay's town council issued a statement about methylmercury and the lack of negotiation around Muskrat on Friday. (Submitted by Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay)

The town says its been "left out" of negotiations and workshops and wasn't consulted on the water-monitoring program or the clearing of Muskrat's reservoir.

"As a municipality, we have been actively expressing our concerns to the Provincial Government and Nalcor regarding this project and will continue to express our desire to be involved in discussions moving forward," Happy Valley-Goose Bay's statement says.

On Wednesday night, residents of Cartwright voted to block Nalcor from transporting seven 200-tonne transformers through town unless all vegetation was cleared from the reservoir.