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The three indigenous groups in Labrador issued a joint news release Saturday stating that they agree the first phase of flooding at Muskrat Falls is required.

The groups did an independent review of Nalcor’s engineering reports after protests shut down the construction site more than a week ago.

Nunatsiavut, NunatuKavut and the Innu Nation say they agree the first phase of flooding is required, but not necessarily all the way to 25 metres. They argue flooding could be lower than 25 metres, but not likely lower than 23 metres, if certain actions are taken.

The groups have asked Premier Dwight Ball to keep them informed of how Nalcor plans to proceed.

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Ball told reporters Saturday night that he has lifted the restriction on flooding the reservoir. Nalcor has started raising the reservoir to levels normally seen in the spring.

The premier says engineering experts will continue to work with indigenous groups on whether the water level is ultimately raised to 23 metres or 25 metres or somewhere in between.

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