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British Columbia’s Site C Hydro Dam Proposal

 

Site C is a proposal for a massive hydro-electric dam on the Peace River in north-eastern British Columbia.  The site is downstream from the existing W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon dams. 

 

The project is expected to cost almost $9 billion and is touted to generate 10,000 jobs while it floods 55 square kilometres of river valley.  Site C represents an eight per cent increase to BC Hydro's energy supply and is expected to generate 1,100 MWs or enough electricity to power about 450,000 homes per year.  (article)

 

Opposition

 

Opponents state that there would be severe impact on the First Nations and Métis families and communities who live in and depend on the area.  A joint federal-provincial environmental assessment concluded that the dam would “severely undermine” the cultural practices of First Nations and Métis peoples, would make fishing unsafe for at least a generation, and would submerge burial grounds and other crucial cultural sites.  Article by Amnesty International:  Site C Dam – Human Rights at Risk

 

Site C would flood a vast swath of prime farmland (AO News – Farmland Development).

 

Site C would cause the loss of irreplaceable wildlife corridors and habitat (article).

 

Flooded vegetation would produce methylmercury, poisoning fish on which northerners depend (article).

 

Flooded vegetation would release methane gas, a major source of global warming (article).

 

 

UPDATE:

 

Since the summer of 2015:  “Already, a bridge spans the Peace River, a massive temporary work camp has been erected, 1.5-million cubic metres of dirt have been moved and excavation has begun in the river.” (source)

 

Winter of 2015/16 Forest clearing started.

 

 

Approval Process:

 

- Roughly 45 applications

- consultation with Treaty 8 First Nations

 

 

 

 

Source:  Amnesty International

 

 

News (reverse chronological order)

 

Date

Source

Title

Comment

2018-06-25

Alaska Highway News

Appointees to Site C agriculture fund announced

 

2018-01-22

The Tyee

Notorious Chinese Firm Wins Role in Site C Construction

Andrew Nikiforuk

2017-10-24

Times Colonist

Comment: Site C land definitely has agricultural potential

Wendy Holm

2017-10-06

Times Colonist

Comment: Food-producing acreage as precious as diamonds

Arthur Hadland

2017-10-03

Times Colonist

Comment: Reports of lost Site C farmland simply not true

James D. Anderson

2017-09-30

Times Colonist

Comment: B.C. Hydro’s fixation with dams could cost us

Vicky Husband

2017-08-28

Globe and Mail

United Nations panel calls for halt of Site C dam project in B.C.

Mike Hager

2017-08-02

Globe and Mail

B.C. NDP asks independent panel to decide fate of Site C dam project

Mike Hager

2017-06-06

TheTyee.ca

UN Renews Call for Site C Review to Protect National Park

Andrew Nikiforuk

2017-02-16

Youtube / Ion Delsol

Video: Site C Dam By Dr. Harry Swain (18 mins)

Dr. Harry Swain

2017-01-03

DesmogCanada

Inspectors find BC Hydro Violating Rules During Site C Construction

Carol Linnitt

2016-11-02

DesmogCanada / Facebook

Video:  Cutting Through the Spin on the Site C Dam (5 mins)

Emma Gilchrist

2016-10-18

DesmogCanada

Exclusive New Photos: The B.C. Government's Frantic Push to Get Site C Dam Past 'Point of No Return'

Emma Gilchrist

2016-07-27

Comment

Trudeau gov’t issue permits allowing construction

(article)

2016-06-15

DesmogCanada

BC Hydro Tells Farmers Fighting Site C Dam to Vacate Property By Christmas

 

2016-05-24

DesmogCanada

BC Hydro Suing Opponents of Site C Dam in SLAPP-style Suit, Legal Experts Say

Sarah Cox

2016-03-04

Globe and Mail

Site C not the best choice for B.C.’s energy needs, report author says

Justine Hunter

2016-02-29

Castanet.net

Court to rule on dam protest

The Canadian Press

2016-02-18

Globe and Mail

Crown land quietly offered to First Nations in return for Site C dam site

Mark Hume

2016-01-19

Amnesty International

Petition - Amnesty International sends email urging supporters to call on Prime Minister Trudeau to stop Site C and protect relations with indigenous people

"Amnesty International is working hard to ensure Canada knows the world is watching, and is pressing federal, provincial and territorial governments to live up to international human rights standards."

2016-01-07

DesmogCanada

Impact of Site C Dam on B.C. Farmland Far More Dire Than Reported, Local Farmers Show

Sarah Cox

2015-12-18

DesmogCanada

In Photos: The Destruction of the Peace River Valley for the Site C Dam

Garth Lenz

2015-08-11

CommonsenseCanadian.ca

BC Hydro rushes to cut down eagles’ nests for Site C Dam, First Nations seek injunction

Damien Gillis

2015-07-29

CBC News BC

Farmland under pressure with development of Site C, LNG: former Agricultural Land Commission chair

- Richard Bullock

2015-07-22

CBC News BC

Site C job fairs postponed after man shot outside Dawson Creek meeting

 

2015-07-21

CBC News BC

B.C. Hydro Site C protest in Vancouver cancelled due to concerns about violence

 

2015-07-19

CBC News BC

Activist group Anonymous vows to avenge Dawson Creek shooting

 

2015-07-17

CBC News BC

Dawson Creek police shoot man who refused to throw away weapon, witness claims

Tamara Baluja

2015-07-07

CBC News BC

Site C construction project for $9-billion dam approved by B.C. government

 

2015-07-07

Globe and Mail

B.C. government approves construction projects for 9-billion Site C hydro dam

The Canadian Press

2015-04-21

CBC News BC

Site C dam: B.C. has right to approve project, court told

Geordon Omand

2015-04-20

CBC News BC

Site C dam: landowners challenge government in B.C. Supreme Court

 

2015-04-10

Richmond Review (BC)

Opinion:  We need a Plan B for Site C

Steve Mullins

- proposed massive hydro dam in Peace River region of BC

2015-03-03

CBC News BC

Site C dam unions won't be blocked by BC Hydro, says Christy Clark

 

2014-12-22

CBC News BC

Could B.C.'s Site C dam's 'clean' power actually fuel dirty energy?

Calyn Shaw

2014-12-16

CBC News BC

Site C dam: How we got here and what you need to know

Mike Clarke

2014-12-16

CBC News BC

Site C dam approved by B.C. government

 

 

 

More Information:

 

BC Hydro -  www.sitecproject.com

 

Desmog.ca

 

Wikipedia

 

 

 

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