It is (now) a tradition on this Blog to report the most popular Posts of the year just passed.
P.Eng (Ret’d), Ron Penney and “JM” for their many excellent contributions throughout 2017. I frequently hear from readers who appreciate their analysis and that of the other writers noted in this introduction. It takes many hours to research and write this work. What better time to note their contribution to the Blog!
special acknowledgement having contributed several Posts already – each of
which speaks to his commitment to high standards of research and analysis. One example is Chernobyl-Lite: The Price Of Denying Muskrat Economics in which the writer reduces the rationale for stopping Muskrat to its essence: in the absence of an economic rationale, there is no reason for the project to continue.
Tuach, whom I have dubbed “The Bard of Pynn’s Brook”, has given the Blog a welcomed
new dimension – opinions in verse.
Contributions were also received from “Concerned
Newfoundlander and Professional Engineer”, and first timers the “Anonymous
Engineer”, Donna Thistle and Kelly Populous.
Engineer” who, in January, reported that Nalcor lied about the project
estimates and the budget for Muskrat in order to obtain sanction. His assertion: “I could not put up with
falsifying information anymore” preceded other, more specific assertions,
giving depth to his claims. Two Posts: Muskrat Cost Estimates “A Complete Falsification”, says Engineer and Muskrat: Allegations of Phony Cost Estimates crystallized many – though not all – of the suspicions which for years many people held about the origins of the Muskrat Falls project. His remarks also preceded a supressed SNC Lavalin
Risk Assessment Report released by CEO Stan Marshall adding to concerns
regarding SNC’s involvement. SNC provided Nalcor the engineering and designed
the financial structure of the project.
France Charbonneau – who headed that province’s construction corruption Inquiry
– for advice and possibly to testify, too. It is hoped that the Judge will also invite the “Anonymous Engineer” to
appear at the Inquiry. He will have quite a tale to tell.
Another whistleblower contacted me to confirm – with striking detail – the tower problem, resulting in Coady Misinformed. Second Source Confirms Faulty Towers which, incidentally, I arbitrarily chose not to include in the Top Ten Posts because of the similar subject matter. Though Coady misinformed the House of Assembly, strikingly she never corrected this misstep – a grievous offense in any parliament. I wonder if Nalcor ever got around to informing her of the truth.
The absence of follow-up of this issue in the House of Assembly was one more example of either incompetence or conflicted-ness – pick your choice – by the Opposition. The Telegram reports that the Tories “want transparency in 2018”. The Tories conveniently forget they helped established a culture of opacity which ran through the Williams/Dunderdale/Marshall/Davis Administrations. As the Official Opposition, they have done nothing to countermand its entrenchment. Holding the Government to account ought to be the key part an Opposition’s mandate. They have failed in that duty while the Ball Administration has proven that neither truth nor transparency will easily facilitated. Little wonder that so many people are turned off by politics.
others, it was a matter of professional duty. They want no part of either
corruption or incompetence inside Nalcor or on the construction site. One of them was responsible for New Whistleblower Reveals Nalcor Responsible for Mud Lake Flooding.
received: one from a worker and another from a professional person; each
offering insights into a shoddily run project.
All reports are not posted especially those where prudence
demands a secondary source.
identities are kept in the strictest confidence.
Some people provided solid research, taking the trouble to complete the Access to Information or ATIPPA process. Their interest and diligence is appreciated. One pair of skilful eyes led to this post and #3 spot in the Top Ten: Nalcor Loses $66.9 million in 6-Day Failed Hedging Scheme. Public Not Told.
Finally, I have listed the TOP TEN Posts from 2017. One item having been omitted – noted above – the list
is based entirely on the number of pageviews each Post received, according to
Google. They are:
Happy New Year!