It also comes as no surprise that it cites the Site-C dam as the main reason, claiming if the project is approved later this year it would result in the flooding of more than 80 kilometers of the last largely natural stretch of the waterway.
“The dam would have numerous environmental impacts,” the report for the ORC reads. “Key wintering wildlife habitat would be eliminated, several fish species would be severely impacted, recreational values diminished, many scared cultural sites would be lost and the only call 1 agricultural land north of Quesnel would be flooded.”
The report goes on to say the dam would have numerous environmental impacts and the project carries an $8 billion price tag for BC Hydro, which it argues already has a huge debt that’s close to being unmanageable.
The council also believes since Site-C has been the focus of increased power generation for so many years, it has prevented the investigation of potentially viable energy alternatives.
The council says this is another point which was confirmed by the project’s Joint Review Panel.
“The fact that the Peace was nominated by such as massive number during the endangered rivers process highlights what a major and divisive issue Site C is in that part of the province,” Rivers Chair of the ORC of British Columbia, Mark Angelo said.
Each year, the council solicits and reviews nominations for BC’S Most Endangered Rivers from its’ members and province wide.
They now claim to represent close 100 thousand members.