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Muskrat Falls: How a Mega Dam Became a Predatory Formation

Muskrat Falls: How a Mega Dam Became a Predatory Formation

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For more than a decade now, the $13 billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project has been generating a never-ending assemblage of crises in the public life of Newfoundland and Labrador. The dam’s promise of clean hydro power has been accompanied by menacing risks of methylmercury poisoning and catastrophic flooding that threaten people who live near the dam in Labrador. Meanwhile, the dismantling of public regulatory bodies, dubious investment finance, and the suppression of alternative energy sources have resulted in unmanageable public debt and a future of unaffordable heat and electricity.

Muskrat Falls: How a Mega Dam Became a Predatory Formation offers a multi-dimensional analysis of the social, political, and environmental problems generated by the hydro project. The volume covers Indigenous resistance to the dam, the role of journalism and social media, and the science and politics of methylmercury and geophysical stability. It contains scholarly essays, interviews, original artwork, photographs, and a short story impelled by Muskrat Falls.

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Memorial Univ. Press


Lisa Moore (English, Memorial University of Newfoundland) has written two collections of short stories, Degrees of Nakedness and Open, and three novels, Alligator, February, and Caught, as well as a stage play based on her novel February, by the same title. Lisa’s most recent work, Flannery, is a young adult novel. She is the coeditor of Great Expectations: 24 True Stories about Birth by Canadian Writers and the editor of the anthology The Penguin Book of Contemporary Short Stories by Canadian Women.

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