POLITICS

Aboriginal groups pan Muskrat Falls plan

08/01/2012 09:54 EDT | Updated 10/01/2012 05:12 EDT
The final legal text of the deal has now been signed with Nova Scotia, but there are groups in Labrador still vowing to stop the Muskrat Falls project.

And while it continues to move ahead towards sanction, some are feeling left behind.

Homes in Nain still rely on diesel power to keep the lights on. When the Muskrat Falls project was announced, no transmission lines were promised to the coast of Labrador.

But Nalcor did say it would study alternative sources of energy.

Tony Andersen — Nain's mayor, or AngajukKak — says he's still waiting, years later.

"They must be just focusing all their attention on Muskrat Falls and must have forgotten about some of the commitments that were made some time ago," Andersen said.

NunatuKavut — formerly known as the Labrador Metis Nation — lays claim to the land around Muskrat Falls and the south coast of Labrador where high-voltage power lines would pass by communities still using diesel.

President Todd Russell says the Muskrat Falls project must include his group.

"There's no way that there's any electricity going out through a corridor on our turf," Russell said. "You can take that to the bank."

Russell wants the province to sit down and negotiate — a demand Premier Kathy Dunderdale has rejected.