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BC Hydro selects new realignment for Highway 29 around Site C reservoir

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro announced Tuesday that it has selected a new realignment for Highway 29 in the Cache Creek/Bear Flat area, following consultations with Indigenous groups and local property owners. Premier John Horgan announced that the provincial government was proceeding with building Site C following a review by the B.C. Utilities Commission last December. That same month....

Worksafe B.C. fines Peace River Hydro Partners $310,000

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Worksafe B.C. has fined Peace River Hydro Partners over $310,000 after they discovered employees were being exposed to large amounts of silica dust. According to Worksafe B.C., staff inspected a tunnelling operation at the Site C dam on May 8, 2018, and discovered Peace River Hydro Partners did not have an up to date exposure...

UN committee warns Canada in letter that Site C dam may break deals

A United Nations committee has warned Canada that continued construction of the Site C hydro dam in northeastern British Columbia may violate international agreements. The UN's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination says Canada may have already violated an agreement it signed 50 years ago. That agreement commits Canada to prevent development on Indigenous land without adequate consultation. Canada has...

The pros and cons of building a Site C dam

“This decision will benefit future generations," Minister of the Environment, Leona Aglukkaq said yesterday in a written statement. "Over the life of the project, Site C is expected to help mitigate the growth in greenhouse gas emissions in Canada by preventing the discharge of between 34 to 76 megatonnes of CO2 equivalent... Our government is committed to making environmental assessment decisions...

First Nations claim BC Hydro has stopped work on Site C transmission line after threatened with injunction

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. —  The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations say the threat of an interim injunction caused BC Hydro to stop work on a transmission line that would connect the Site C dam’s generating station to the rest of the provincial grid. Back on January 15th, the two First Nations filed in BC Supreme Court alleging...

After three years, two premiers, and one BCUC review, Site C construction continues south of Fort St. John

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s been just over three years since BC Hydro began construction on the Site C dam, and though in that time the project has seen two B.C. premiers and one review by the B.C. Utilities Commission, the over 3,100 workers at the most recent count are continuing to build the most expensive public infrastructure...

Hydro says there is no evidence at this time landslide is connected to Site C

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - B.C. Hydro says there is no evidence, at this time, that links Sunday's landslide to the construction of the Site C Dam. In series of tweets Sunday afternoon, Hydro said there is no evidence the slide near the Old Fort is connected to work taking place at the Site C Dam.  The slide caused part...

BC Hydro loses bid to force First Nations to provide disclosure in Site C injunction case

VANCOUVER, B.C. – A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled against BC Hydro last week after it sought to have certain sections of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations’ civil claim seeking an injunction to stop construction of the Site C Dam omitted. Last December, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced that the provincial government was going to continue building...

Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC Partnership awarded $1.6 billion Site C contract

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro announced this morning that it has awarded the contract for the Site C dam’s generating station and spillways civil works, along with two other project contracts. BC Hydro signed the generating station and spillways civil works contract with the Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC Partnership. The contract is valued at $1.6 billion and falls within the project’s...

First Nations and BC Hydro awaiting judge’s decision on Site C injunction application

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Officials with the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations, BC Hydro, and the provincial government are awaiting a judge’s decision on whether or not an injunction will be granted to halt work on the Site C dam near Fort St. John. The two First Nations filed the injunction application on January 15th, the same day they...

Charlie Lake residents launch petition to get Site C reservoir logging trucks to change routes

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 100 residents in Charlie Lake have signed a petition asking BC Hydro to change the route that will be driven by trucks hauling logs from the future reservoir of the Site C dam. BC Hydro contractors began clearing the area that will be filled by the dam’s reservoir two years ago, with the clearing...

First Nations to return Site C stakes to Premier and other Ministers

VICTORIA, B.C. - Chiefs of the West Moberly First Nation and Prophet River First Nation along with the Vice President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs will return Site C stakes to the Premier and other NDP Ministers on Friday. In 2016, then MLA John Horgan donated $100 to the "Stakes in the Peace" fundraiser being organized by the...

Site C to start construction of five-kilometre-long conveyor belt

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - B.C. Hydro is announcing that starting this week, construction activities will begin on the installation of a five-kilometre-long conveyor belt system that will be used to transport materials from the 85 Avenue Industrial Lands to the Site C construction site. According to Hydro, the conveyor belt system will run adjacent to Shaman Industrial Way, cross under Old...

B.C. Hydro completes drilling on first Site C diversion tunnel

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Construction at the Site C Dam project hit a major milestone on Saturday when the first diversion tunnel was completed. On Saturday B.C. Hydro reached a milestone when crews broke through and connected both sides of the first diversion tunnel.  The tunnels will be used to temporarily reroute the Peace River for construction of the...

BC Hydro starts tunnel lining process for Site C diversion tunnels

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - B.C. Hydro has started the tunnel lining process this week on the first of two Site C diversion tunnels. According to B.C. Hydro Community Relations Manager, David Conway, this part of the work is the last step in the construction of the diversion tunnels prior to river diversion in the Fall of 2020. Conway says the...

BC Hydro says crews to begin Highway 29 realignment work near Bear Flats this month

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro says that motorists travelling along Highway 29 between Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope are advised to expect possible delays as crews start realigning approximately four kilometres of Highway 29 in the western part of the Cache Creek/Bear Flat area. The highway realignment is being completed in tandem with the Site C dam and...

Site C sees highest employment numbers to date during the month of May

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - B.C. Hydro has released the latest Site C Dam Project employment numbers for the month of May 2019. The number of people working on the Site C Dam Project increased from 3,775 in April to 4,385 in May. The total number of workers from B.C. was 2,722 which is 75 percent of the workers. Construction and non-construction...

Petition to cancel Site C fails

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A petition that sought to ask the provincial government to cancel building the Site C dam has failed. The petition was filed by Ion Delsol Moruso and was given an approval in principle by Elections BC on May 3rd. The petition papers were issued to canvassers on July 3rd, who had 90 days to collect...

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