The Nunatsiavut government is disappointed that a key commitment to help mitigate the impact of methylmercury downstream of the Muskrat Falls project is not being honoured.
President Johannes Lampe says when he and other Indigenous leaders met with the Premier last fall, they agreed to resolve several key issues surrounding the flooding of the Muskrat Falls reservoir.
One of those was to lower the water in the spring to natural levels to allow for further mitigation measures.
The Nunatsiavut government has subsequently learned through meetings with the Premier, Nalcor and SNC Lavalin that water levels will not be lowered, and instead will be increased to as high as 25 metres later this fall.
Lampe says they were told that once the water levels go to 25 metres they will not be lowered again, something he calls “deeply concerning”.
He’s calling on the Premier to publicly explain why the committment to lower water levels was made last fall, and why the Nunatsiavut Government was not informed of the potential safety risks until nine months after the committement was made.
The Nunatsiavut Government is maintaining that water levels should be lowered to allow for more mitigation measures and that plans to increase levels to 25 metres be scrapped until the Independent Expert Advisory Committee has a chance “to make informed recommendations on further steps.”