"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Friday, February 06, 2009

The conservation ethic

A week ago, NALCO(R) filed environmental documents related to its "infeed", a transmission line linking Labrador, yet bypassing it, in the rush to bring power to Newfoundland.

NALCO(R)'s preferred routing in western Newfoundland — the variable-width brown line on the map below — takes the outstarve through Gros Morne National Park, as well as through the adjacent non-park exclaves in the Bonne Bay and Gros Morne regions. (The dashed boxes and numbers refer to higher-scale map sheets; the green line traversing the northeast corner of the map is one of the alternate routings.)

That serpentine water body in the north-central part of the park is Western Brook Pond, the starring attraction in one of the TV ads currently in heavy rotation, enticing people to visit the unspoiled Newfoundland wilder-, and Labrador, wilderness.

What you are reading now is the entirety of what has been published about it after seven days. At least up until tonight, not one news outlet has reported on this environmental wrinkle of Our Dear Energy Plan.


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