BFN comments on CJOB BiPole interview with Hugh McFadyen

Posted on March 18th, 2011

Dear Mr. McFadyen,

The Boreal Forest Network is following the comments you made to CJOB. There are inaccuracies in your statements. I would think you are well aware that the costs of the converter stations are required on either route for BiPole 3 and that it is this cost that “doubled” the cost of construction. You are not telling the whole story here. Is this indicative of the “election desperation”, of which you speak? Or can it be that you truly are unaware of this fact?

“They’ve been telling the public now for about five years that the number was $2.2 billion. What this internal document shows is that as of more than a year a half ago they were told that the price had almost doubled to almost $4 billion, and it’s further evidence that A: this is going to be hugely costly to Manitoba families on your Hydro bills and secondly that the government can’t be trusted when it comes to telling people what’s going on on this hugely important project. So we have really big concerns about the dishonesty of the government we know that it’s a politically sensitive file and there’s a election year desperation, but this dishonesty around the numbers as well as the very direct impact on Manitoba families.”

On the one hand you claimed that all the opposition to the west side route is from US groups, on the other you said that; “we think that the Manitoba based environmentalist and experts, the engineers are the ones who need to be listened to on this project not the American special interest groups that are backed by oil companies.

You have not responded to this “Manitoba based environmentalist” group’s letter requesting full disclosure of costs should you form the next government and jump to reverse ten years of work to preserve the highest conservation value intact boreal forest, some experts say, in the world. Are you listening to us? (letter attached dated February 7th, 2011)

Regarding the Pew Charitable Foundation: There is no current financial or legal connection whatsoever between the Pew Charitable Trusts and the oil industry.   Pew takes no corporate money.  The historical roots of Pew are like those of Rockefeller Foundation and many other fortunes, but that has no bearing on the policies or actions of the Pew Charitable Trusts today.

Your comments are at best misleading.

Susanne McCrea
Executive Director
The Boreal Forest Network

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