Land Pro­tec­tors to meet with Nal­cor CEO

Demon­stra­tion wraps up at Hy­dro Place in St. John’s


A meet­ing will be ar­ranged be­tween the Labrador Land Pro­tec­tors and Nal­cor En­ergy pres­i­dent and CEO Stan Mar­shall, un­der an agree­ment that con­cluded a demon­stra­tion in St. John’s Sept. 27.

A group of self-iden­ti­fied Land Pro­tec­tors and sup­port­ers shut down Nal­cor En­ergy’s head­quar­ters of Hy­dro Place at about 7:30 a.m.

Bar­ring en­trances, the group called for a meet­ing with Mar­shall to ad­dress the on­go­ing con­cerns around methylmer­cury and any po­ten­tial flood risk from the Muskrat Falls hy­dro project. The group con­tin­ues to call for a com­plete shut down of the project, along with an au­dit of Nal­cor En­ergy and project ex­pen­di­tures.

While mem­bers of the Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary ar­rived at the scene at Hy­dro A protest at Nal­cor in St. John’s ended peace­fully Sept. 27.

Place, no ar­rests were made on site. Both RNC and Nal­cor En­ergy em­ploy­ees spoke with the demon­stra­tors.

Also launch­ing into some dis­cus­sion with the group was Ches Cros­bie, who was set to meet with Mar­shall. He was con­fronted on the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive’s his­tory with the project — de­signed and ap­proved

un­der PC gov­ern­ments.

Cros­bie dis­tanced him­self from the past ad­min­is­tra­tions in re­gards to de­ci­sions made. “Per­son­ally, I think you have a le­git­i­mate point of view,” he said, re­spond­ing to com­plaints on how the project has been han­dled spe­cific to con­cerns around methylmer­cury en­ter­ing the Churchill River sys­tem, as the hy­dro power dam and re­lated reser­voir is cre­ated.

The meet­ing with Mar­shall had been in the works for a cou­ple of months, Cros­bie told The Tele­gram, in order to match sched­ules.

It will now have to be resched­uled, but a meet­ing be­tween the group op­pos­ing the project and Mar­shall will also be sched­uled, af­ter be­ing of­fered by Nal­cor En­ergy com­mu­ni­ca­tions staff.

Sev­eral protestors said they spot­ted Mar­shall ar­riv­ing at the park­ing lot shortly af­ter the build­ing was barred, but leav­ing there­after, with­out ap­proach­ing the group. Many Nal­cor En­ergy em­ploy­ees work­ing from Hy­dro Place had left af­ter be­ing un­able to ac­cess the build­ing. But work at the build­ing did re­sume with em­ploy­ees en­ter­ing as the protestors left.

A date has yet to be set for the meet­ing with Mar­shall, as of press time.


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