CUSP Protesters walked around Fort St. John Monday Night to show their opposition to the dam project – Andrew Tylosky/Energeticcity.ca
The last of the open house public consultation sessions for stage two of the Site C dam project was held Monday night.
With more than 50 people questioning environmental impacts, possible boat access and even asking about the benefits of nuclear power, the event had more participants than it had seats. Members of CUSP, or Citizens United to Save the Peace were also in attendance, staging a silent protest by walking into the meeting and releasing helium balloons that floated to the ceiling with a banner message: “Site C Dam = Irreversible Damage.”
Outside on the corner of 100th and 100th, the CUSP members were more vocal, honking horns and waving signs, expressing their discontent with the Site C project and the consultation process. [asset|aid=667|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=4fb2855656c8515d4cbefb885f72563a-Blaney_1_Pub.mp3]
The protesters are concerned that the impacts of losing agricultural land and the environmental impracts outweigh any benefits the Site C dam might bring to B.C. They believe the solution lies in conservation, not new development, and not by selling excess power out of province, as is done now. Community Relations Manager for BC Hydro David Conway says that even though this is the last open house, the public can still send BC Hydro feedback until Nov. 30. [asset|aid=668|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=4fb2855656c8515d4cbefb885f72563a-Davide Conway_1_Pub.mp3]
Feedback can be submitted online at www.bchydro.com/sitec, by e-mail at email@example.com, or by visiting the B.C. Hydro Community Consultation Office at 9948 100th Ave. The report with BC Hydro’s recommendation will be delivered to government by Fall/Winter 2009, after which the government will make a decision whether to move on to phase three: an environmental and regulator assessment which would last approximately two years.