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Our Power, Their Pain — An Interview With Journalist Matt Hongoltz-Hetling

Michael G. Seamans
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Rigolet, a town of about 350 people, is the southern most Inuit town in Labrador and sits about 90 miles from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador.

The public debate over Central Maine Power’s controversial power line project that would bring electricity from hydrodams in Quebec down to Massachusetts has mostly been focused on economics and on the potential environmental impact on Maine’s western forests.

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But critics also point to the impacts that Canadian hydro-power is having on Inuit communities hundreds of miles to the north in Labrador. Journalist Matt Hongoltz-Hetling has chronicled those impacts in a two-part series for Maine Public.org. He spoke with Maine Public’s Nora Flaherty from Vermont Public Radio's studios to discuss what he learned on a recent trip to Labrador.

Originally posted 6:35 p.m. Dec. 6, 2019. This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Nora is originally from the Boston area but has lived in Chicago, Michigan, New York City and at the northern tip of New York state. Nora began working in public radio at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor and has been an on-air host, a reporter, a digital editor, a producer, and, when they let her, played records.