“Provincial and federal environmental approvals for the $8 billion Site C Dam project are seriously flawed and must be set aside,” President of the PVLA, Ken Boon said in a written statement. “Relevant finding and recommendations of the Site C Joint Review Panel were not considered by the decision makers. Proven adverse impacts of the Site C Dam were not justified.”
Next week, the PVLA plans to launch a second petition for Judicial Review to ask the Federal Court to nullify the Federal Minister of Environment’s “Decision Statement approving the Site C Dam Project.”
“Our members, many of whom have lived in the Peace River Valley for generations, are not prepared to allow the remainder of the valley to be destroyed on the basis of flawed environmental approval,” Boon goes on to write. “We are also B.C. ratepayers and taxpayers who are deeply concerned about the cost and impact of this project on B.C. Hydro rates and the provincial debt.”
Boon says this was a last resort avenue.
“We have reluctantly concluded that a court challenge is the only way to ensure that decision by the B.C. Cabinet on the Site C Dam is not based on flawed environmental approval.”