Fewer than half of N.L.ers support Muskrat Falls: poll

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - TC ME­DIA The Tele­gram

Support for the Muskrat Falls hy­dro­elec­tric project has de­clined in the past six months, ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent sur­vey con­ducted by Cor­po­rate Re­search As­so­ci­ates Inc. (CRA).

Just un­der one-half of New­found­land and Labrador res­i­dents (45 per cent, down from 54 per cent in May 2016) com­pletely or mostly support the Muskrat Falls de­vel­op­ment, while al­most one­half (48 per cent, up from 35 per cent) mostly or com­pletely op­pose it, and seven per cent ei­ther do not know or did not of­fer an opin­ion on the mat­ter (down from 11 per cent).

This is the first time since track­ing be­gan in 2013 that the Muskrat Falls hy­dro­elec­tric project is not sup­ported by a ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents, CRA stated in a news re­lease.

“Given the con­tin­u­ing es­ca­la­tion in the cost of Muskrat Falls, and neg­a­tive pub­lic state­ments from Nal­cor’s CEO, it is hardly sur­pris­ing that support for this project would be de­clin­ing,” said Don Mills, chair­man and CEO of Cor­po­rate Re­search As­so­ci­ates.

These re­sults are part of the CRA At­lantic Quar­terly, an in­de­pen­dent tele­phone sur­vey of At­lantic Cana­di­ans, and are based on a sam­ple of 401 adult New­found­land and Labrador res­i­dents. The sur­vey was con­ducted from Nov. 8 to Dec. 1, with over­all re­sults for the prov­ince ac­cu­rate to within plus or mi­nus 4.9 per­cent­age points 95 times out of 100.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

The con­struc­tion site of the hy­dro­elec­tric fa­cil­ity at Muskrat Falls.

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