The Peace Valley Environmental Association says it's known all along that Site C would be for industrial use, not domestic, and Coordinator Andrea Morison questions why rate payers are seemingly footing the bill for the industrial projects.
"For her to say that 100 per cent of Site C is for industry confirms what we've been saying all along and that rate payers throughout the province should be very interested and concerned about the Site C project because the rates are going to be affecting all of the hydro rate payers, so it's going to come out of the pockets of you and me."
She believes forecasts of energy needs are exaggerated, and says that in fact, domestic demand has decreased over the last five years, due to climbing rates cause to people to conserve.
Morison suggests that instead of building a new dam, that consideration be made towards the Columbia River Treaty, which is an agreement with the U.S. regarding dams on the Columbia River. The earliest that either country could terminate the treaty is 2024, providing 10 years notice, meaning notice could be given as early as 2014. That dam produces 1200 Megawatts, compared to Site C's proposed 1100 Megawatts.
"Why would we destroy another river valley in order to produce more power when we already have that production capacity, and perhaps there'd be an opportunity to get that for use in B.C. instead of selling it to the States."
The Site C project is currently in the early part of the third stage of development, which is the environmental and regulatory review. The Province has announced plans for three LNG plants in Kitimat by 2020, the first by 2015.