Nfld. & Labrador

Muskrat Falls protesters block trucks at North Spur site

Protests have resumed at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, with protesters gathered at the North Spur site Saturday.
Protesters block a transport truck from entering the North Spur site at Muskrat Falls on Saturday. (Amy Norman/Twitter)

Protests have resumed at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, with protesters gathered at the North Spur site Saturday.

Posts to social media showed a handful of protesters gathered to prevent a number of transport trucks from entering the site.

The protest comes after Nalcor Energy discovered "increased water seepage" from a temporary cofferdam Friday.

Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall said the rock-filled cofferdam is "not designed to be completely impervious," and will undergo further inspection.

Significant protests in October were in opposition to the flooding of the Muskrat Falls reservoir due to environmental concerns.

According to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard University, the flooding could increase the potential for methylmercury contamination in traditional food sources like fish and seal downstream in Lake Melville. 

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