The Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development ministry won’t send anyone to environmental review hearings in Fort St. John, but it did file a written submission.It says the two existing dams on the Peace River in B.C. have already significantly altered the flow of the river into the neighbouring province.
This has both positive and negative effects, but Alberta is concerned Site C will exacerbate the negative. In particular, Alberta is worried about expected spikes in mercury levels during construction of the dam and fluctuations in water flow.
It is also concerned about fish mortality, flooding and the effects of water temperature changes and is asking B.C. Hydro for further study of several issues and guarantees that information will be shared if the project advances.