Landslide near $13B Muskrat Falls project raises fresh 'anguish' downstream

The construction site of the hydroelectric facility at Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador is seen on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. -- Crown corporation Nalcor Energy is trying to reassure residents after a landslide near the Muskrat Falls hydro development in Labrador raised alarms downstream.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
The construction site of the hydroelectric facility at Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador is seen on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. -- Crown corporation Nalcor Energy is trying to reassure residents after a landslide near the Muskrat Falls hydro development in Labrador raised alarms downstream.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Crown corporation Nalcor Energy is trying to reassure residents after a landslide near the Muskrat Falls hydro development in Labrador raised alarms downstream.

About 40 people who live in Mud Lake and those farther down the lower Churchill River say they fear it's a sign of worse things to come.

They say it raises fresh anguish about the stability of the North Spur dam near where land slid from the riverbank earlier this month.

Nalcor says landslides in the area are fairly common and this one was safely away from the North Spur — a point of sand and clay that was reinforced as part of the dam.

Nalcor says the North Spur has been stabilized and landslides elsewhere don't threaten the Muskrat Falls project.

Roberta Frampton Benefiel lives downstream from the development and says she takes no comfort from those assurances, but can't afford to move.

The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. 2018

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