Sunday, 6 July 2014


Cabot Martin, lawyer, the former senior advisor to several Premiers, and Muskrat Falls critic, has just published a new book entitled “Muskrat Madness”.   

The book is self-published and available at Afterwords Bookstore, 245 Duckworth Street, St. John’s for $16.95.

Martin is a prominent spokesperson on the perils of the “Quick Clay” instability problem at the ‘North Spur’; a point of land that extends into the Churchill River forming a natural damn structure on which the Muskrat Falls hydro project relies. 

He has researched the issue extensively compiling a variety of technical studies conducted since the 1960s, offering an analysis of the problem, its threat to the geological integrity of the Muskrat Falls project and the dangers to residents downstream in Goose Bay and Mud Lake. 

While the issue of “Quick Clay” is a major preoccupation, “Muskrat Madness” engages in a much larger overview of the Muskrat Falls project providing keen perspective on the history of the project and an intelligent analysis of the many technical, market and financial risks Nalcor ignored in order to obtain project sanction. 

Readers wondering if basic regulatory oversight has been given the project by our own Department of Environment and Conservation might begin at Chapter 17. 

“Muskrat Madness” is about hope and despair. It will invoke serious questions about this Province's future.  It is truly a fine read.

Finally, this won’t be my last word on Cabot Martin's Book.  I want to give it an in depth review soon.  Martin says of Muskrat Falls: “it is not too late to stop the madness”.

Martin is right.

Not only is Muskrat Falls a product of faulty political leadership and a lack of oversight of our uncontrolled energy agency, my regular Monday Post will offer photographic proof there’s little going on at Muskrat, anyway.  Nalcor is spending a lot of public money with little to show in return.  

If there are readers still around who studied Latin, you may wish to become familiar, again, with the phrase “Res Ipsa Loquitur”.

Meanwhile pop down to Afterwords, on Duckworth Street, and pick up your copy of "Muskrat Madness".  Your hammock beckons.  

See you tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. I read the book over the weekend. It told the story of a very personal journey of one of the provinces elder statesmen. Mr. Martin has spent countless hours trying to expose the weaknesses of the project. All while undergoing personality attacks by politicians. (The hack job by Steve Kent in December of 2012 is one of the main reasons he will never get my vote).

    It is worth the read, and it should be a call to action for people to say time to pause the project, look at the costs, relook at the alternatives, and lets truly put the facts on the table about the North Spur.

    Cabot Martin will be linked to the Muskrat Falls debate. His skewering of the government of how they have sold out to Emera, and the feds, should be read by everyone before they go to the ballot box this fall.

    Cabot is a true patriot. He like Vardy, Penney and others have done a yoeman's service to the province.