Editor’s Note: The Muskrat Falls Concerned Citizens Coalition distributed to the media, yesterday, correspondence between Dr. Lennart Elfgren and Dr. Stig Bernander with
the Honorable Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources, together with a
letter from Jim Gordon to the Minister. The same correspondence was sent to the leaders of the four political parties together with the request that, if elected, they will commit, prior to reservoir impoundment, to installing an independent geotechnical panel to review the safety of the North Spur.
The Grand River Keepers and Coalition Members David Vardy and Ron Penney have maintained contact and exchanged information with Drs. Bernander and Elfgren, and assisted their communications with the NL Government.
This link, most importantly, provides access to the most recent correspondence between those professional geoscientists and the Minister. The reader will see that their worst fears regarding the stability of the North Spur have not been allayed. Accordingly, the Coalition is now appealing to the leaders of the four political parties. The Coalition’s Public Statement follows:
RE: NORTH SPUR
Elfgren and Dr. Bernander have long questioned the safety of the North Spur and
have recommended the appointment of an independent panel of geotechnical
experts to review their concerns.
did constitute a peer review of their concerns but didn’t consult with them
during their review. Drs. Elfgren and Bernander have critiqued the peer review
and continue to have serious concerns about the stability of the North Spur, as
expressed in their most recent letter to the Minister.
|Dr. Stig Bernander
mathematical approach presumes full plasticity in the critical soil layer.
However, this approach is not good enough any longer. Modern research in e.g.
Sweden, Norway, Canada, Italy and Switzerland has shown that these early
twentieth century rules do not apply at all to extensive progressive landscape
failure in slopes with sensitive clay layers …”.
Minister’s response erroneously states that Jim Gordon supports the design of
the stabilization of the North Spur. His response to her is also included in
the attached correspondence.
recommends “the government of NL should appoint an eminent panel of geophysical
experts, completely independent of Nalcor to assess the scientific evidence and
undertake all necessary additional research, and undertake a comprehensive
review of the safety and stability of the North Spur.”
|Dr. Lennart Elfgrin
the potential catastrophic impacts on the downstream communities of Mud Lake
and Happy Valley- Goose should the North Spur fail, and the loss of the
generating plant, we have asked the leaders of the four political parties to
commit to the appointment of this independent panel be appointed prior to the
filling of the reservoir this Fall.
the one thing we have learned from the Muskrat Falls Inquiry is that we cannot
rely on the assurances of Nalcor or experts appointed by them.
Falls Concerned Citizens Coalition