Lower Churchill Panel Report Shows Risks not Balanced by Need for Project

September 1, 2011


St. John’s, NL– Sierra Club Atlantic is calling on the federal and provincial Ministersto reject the Lower Churchill project in response to the final report of the environmental assessment panel for the Lower Churchill project.

“We were disappointed that the Panel did not state the obvious and give clear advice to government,” according to Bruno Marcocchio, who participated as an expert at the Panel Hearings, “However, the fact that Nalcor could not demonstrate the need for the Lower Churchill means both governments should be taking a big step back and puttinga halt to this project before we get in any deeper.”... Read more »


June 8, 2011


Halifax, NS- The proposed $6.2 billion dollar Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Project does not address the big picture for energy in Atlantic Canada says a coalition of environmental groups that include Sierra Club Atlantic and the Ecology Action Centre. The National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) is hosting a panel on the Lower Churchill project today, June 8th,  from 2:30-4:30 pm in the Compass Room of the Halifax Casino.


The groups maintain that Throne Speech promises to offer a long-sought Federal loan guarantee to fund the project do not provide adequate leadership on the environmental and economic viability of developing Lower Churchill.

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Atlantic Leader's Questionnaire


We asked all the candidates in Atlantic Canada to respond to 7 questions that are of concern to Sierra Club members ... and the responses are now compiled!

We believe we have made some headway in educating candidates on many of these issues, and are very grateful for the time they took to answer us during what is a very grueling and stressful time.

What remains is for them to keep their commitments, once they are elected.

We were disappointed that more candidates did not respond to our questionnaire: two candidates from the Liberals and Conservatives answered our questions. The NDP Party took the time to summarize their responses, and we received individual answers from a total 9 Green  and 12 NDP candidates.

Key points of agreement in the answers we received:... Read more »

Nova Scotia: Electro-State


Nova Scotia could soon follow in the footsteps of the Alberta tar sands energy boom. But instead of exporting upgraded bitumen, Nova Scotia – the province with the 4th largest amount of greenhouse gas emissions - would play a rather ironic role: that of renewable energy exporter.

“We’re becoming a sort of an electro-state the same way that you can be a petro-state like Alberta where, you know, very few interests really are the dominant players in the society,” says Neal Livingston. “All this hooey we heard about having to be better [grid]-connected to north-eastern North America, when you think about it now, it’s all about our preparation for export.”

Livingston, a filmmaker with 40 titles under his belt, has been a renewable energy practitioner in Cape Breton for 30 years. He owns the Black River brand of renewable energy companies, the holdings of which include a hydro facility and several industrial scale wind turbines in development. This week he delivered a public presentation to a small crowd gathered at The Hub in Halifax.

Livingston has been trying to sound the alarm on Nova Scotia’s energy policy by calling into question the motivations behind the government’s new Renewable Electricity Plan. The recently released plan requires that, by 2025, 40% of the electricity that Nova Scotia Power sells in a given year must come from renewable energy sources.