Monday, 11 December 2017

POWER CORRIDOR FOR QUEBEC NOT ALL THAT IT SEEMS

What's behind the recent announcement by federal Energy Minister Jim Carr promoting  an “energy corridor” for the Atlantic provinces? How does it relate to this province? Are there other issues at play that should worry NL? Is the financial “dead carcass” of NL about to be picked over?*
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The public should worry when weak governments run the province. For a decade, successive administrations have given little focus to tough public policy issues, worsening an already difficult fiscal situation. They don't see that successful societies harm themselves looking inward when predators come calling. 

We forget that, while political parties, labour and business conduct their affairs with a vision narrow enough to be thought ‘in the moment,’ the real business of politics — our business — is being managed in places where strategic self-interest has long been defined.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

BARD OF PYNN'S BROOK DOES A MINISPLIT

THE MINISPLIT

Adams claims a split in attic
Lowers heating bills dramatic.
Some can see a man pragmatic,
Others think the man fanatic.

Air exchange for heat advises
With less cost for mini sizes.
Their efficiency he eulogizes:
Could he own the split franchises?

- John Tuach
December 03, 2017

Thursday, 7 December 2017

SENSE OF URGENCY REQUIRED ON NORTH SPUR STABILITY ISSUE

Guest Post by David Vardy

The North Spur Remains Unresolved and Urgent
Muskrat Falls is the only hydroelectric project in the world which relies on a large natural dam, underlain by sensitive glacial clays, and raising major concerns for local communities. Experts from the Geological Survey of Canada documented the extensive presence of glacial marine clays in the Lower Churchill in their testimony to the joint federal-provincial environmental panel.

The Labrador Land Protectors presented a petition to government on May 9, 2017 calling for the appointment of an independent expert panel on the North Spur.  It was signed by more than 1000 people. There has been no response. Since that time the urgency of the panel has been raised. It has been raised by new research conducted in Sweden as well as by revelations flowing from the SNC risk assessment report released by the Premier.

Monday, 4 December 2017

MUST THE PEOPLE OF HV-GB AND MUD LAKE LEARN TO LIVE IN HARM'S WAY?

Guest Post by Cabot Martin
Dr Stig Bernander, someone I have the utmost respect for as a technical expert and as a very decent and moral man, continues to try to save us from ourselves at the North Spur.
His most recent contribution - Summing Up of North Spur Stability Issuesgets right down into the weeds. He demonstrates that based on the little data that Nalcor has, something as basic as filling the reservoir may well trigger a failure of the North Spur.
Fairly basic stuff to overlook or not worry about.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

THE BARD AND THE RISKS OF BUILDING ON CLAY

THE WISE MAN AND THE FOOLISH MAN*

The wise man built upon a rock, the foolish built on sand. 
The bible's lesson:  on sand, the structure will not stand.*
Clay, it's weaker than the sand, and, it's prone to collapse,  
And yet, at Muskrat Falls, clay planned as Churchill trap.**


A natural ridge with clay to impede the Churchill flow?
A natural dam with quick clay - part collapsed decades ago!
No mention in the bible of the man that built on clay:
Such building is foolhardy, maybe doesn't need to say. 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

TERRIFYING CONCLUSION FOLLOWS RELEASE OF NEW BERNANDER REPORT ON NORTH SPUR

Guest Post By PlanetNL

PlanetNL6: Latest Bernander Report on North Spur Leads to Terrifying Conclusion

If there is one topic in the whole of Muskrat that is truly clear as mud, it’s the North Spur. Equally murky is Nalcor’s plan to use this natural formation across the Churchill River as the largest dam holding back the reservoir.  
PlanetNL’s agenda has deliberately left this challenging topic to others, choosing instead to concentrate primarily on the financial disaster that awaits the people of this Province upon Muskrat completion in 2021.  The others who have written on the North Spur are better researched on the subject and have written passionately about the North Spur on this blog and elsewhere.