An advance invitation for news media and public attendance says they will announce the legal measures the association is taking on behalf of its members to protect their Site C dam construction impact interests.
The association contends its members will face dam construction challenges both as landowners and B.C. ratepayers following the federal and provincial environmental approvals for the proposed $8 billion Site C hydroelectric dam.
It notes again, that since the twice-shelved project has received those environmental approvals, B.C. Hydro now requires only provincial cabinet approval to move forward with the third dam on the Peace River.
It also notes, despite the fact the cabinet is still meeting in camera, and the final decision is not expected until next month, Hydro has already distributed notice of its intention to begin Site C construction of in January of next year.
However, the decision is not seen as a slam dunk.
Energy Minister Bill Bennett has indicated it’s of interest to all B.C. ratepayers and taxpayers, because of its potential impact on Hydro rates and the province’s debt, and as recently reported by the Globe and Mail, he has also conceded it will be a long and difficult cabinet discussion.