In the upcoming weeks, B.C. Hydro expects to present its Stage Two Site-C report to the provincial government.
The report should contain consultation results, along with a recommendation to the government.
B.C. Hydro has been in Stage Two of the five-phase evaluation process looking into the Site-C proposal for two years now.
Spokesperson Dave Conway says once the report is presented, the government will decide whether or not to move into Stage Three.
That stage is the regulatory environmental assesment (E.A.), and would incorporate both a federal and provincial E.A.
Conway says the Stage Two report is supposed to be submitted by the end of this fall, by December 21st at the latest. However, he couldn’t provide a timeline of Stage Three, because that is in the hands of the provincial government.
Not all local governments and residents are in favour of the proposed third dam on the Peace River.
In May, Hudson’s Hope took an official stance of opposition to the dam.
And in August, the Peace River Regional District denied its support of a request from B.C. Hydro to acquire crown land for the project. That refusal was sent to the provincial government.
Construction of the third Peace River Dam would flood about 4,600 hectares of agricultural land, 57 percent of which lies in the province’s agriculture reserve.
But, whatever recommendation B.C. Hydro submits, the provincial government has the final say.
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