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  • Federal Environment Minister Addesses Importance of Hydro Power

    The federal environment and climate change minister says we have to clean up our electricity system, but she stopped short of committing to wading into the dispute about access between Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Catherine McKenna was in St. John’s today to speak with city council and will be in Gros Morne to announce infrastructure projects.

    She paid a visit to the VOCM studios this morning to join the VOCM Morning Show.

    It’s a safe bet that had Newfoundland and Labrador had access to the corridor through Quebec, Muskrat Falls would not have been built – at least not at this time. The federal government has jurisdiction on oil pipelines and is exercising that authority to some degree, but it’s not about to do the same for electricity.

    McKenna considers Muskrat power to be clean energy.

    She says we need hydro and interconnections between provinces. She also sees an opportunity to go south with power from Muskrat Falls through the Maritimes and down to the Eastern Seaboard.

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