No risk to pub­lic, Nal­cor says of in­ci­dent at Muskrat Falls

Area that gave way was tem­po­rary struc­ture, Crown cor­po­ra­tion said

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY EVAN CAREEN

There were re­ports cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia of a land­slide near the Muskrat Falls pro­ject site on Satur­day, June 2, but Nal­cor said it was a tem­po­rary struc­ture that would have come down any­way.

“We’ve been mon­i­tor­ing an area that is im­me­di­ately down­stream of the Muskrat Falls spill­way on the south side of the river where there was move­ment of some ma­te­rial (rock/sand/snow) of a bank,” Karen O’Neill, man­ager of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Lower Churchill Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion with Nal­cor En­ergy said in an email to the Labradorian.

O’Neill said the area was built as a tem­po­rary land­ing along the river to store ma­te­rial dur­ing con­struc­tion of the pro­ject and is not part of any per­ma­nent ar­eas or in­fras­truc­ture for the pro­ject.

O’Neill un­der­stands why peo­ple in the area may be con­cerned fol­low­ing the flood­ing of Mud Lake this time last year and they con­tacted rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the com­mu­nity when the in­ci­dent hap­pened on June 2.

She said they have been mon­i­tor­ing the area and will up­date the pub­lic should any risk arise to peo­ple or the en­vi­ron­ment.

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