The Coalition has undertaken the following roles:
- If the Commission decides not to appoint a public interest advocate the Coalition will by default be left to play that role.
- The Coalition will mobilize its members and other resources in the community to provide insights. To this end the Coalition will create technical committees dealing with matters such as:
a) energy policy and markets;
b) safety, social and environmental impacts (including the North Spur);
c) public utility regulation;
d) engineering design;
e) project management; and
f) communications with the public.
- Advise the Commission on how its deliberations can become fully transparent and how the public can become more fully engaged. Resist any inclination by the Commission to withhold information from the public and advocate that the Commission’s default position should be one of absolute transparency from which any departure must be granted only after damage is demonstrated with specific evidence. The Commission should not be guided in its disclosure policies by any potential “commercial sensitivity” which is used by Nalcor when invoking the Energy Corporation Act to withhold information.
- Identify witnesses within Nalcor could can provide information to the Commission.
- Identify themes and projects for which the Commission should retain external experts and advise as to how such experts might be selected.
- Encourage the Commission to give environmental, safety (including the North Spur) and social impact no less attention than economic and financial impact.
- Report to the public on the progress of the Inquiry