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Hydro awards Site C contract for south bank clearing

The work is expected to get underway this summer and will create approximately 40 jobs.  The work includes removal of 620 hectares of trees and vegetation, construction of 30km of temporary access roads, upgrading to existing access roads and site preparation for bridge construction. Paul Paquette and Son’s Contracting operates from Chetwynd and will be supported by four other local...

District concerned about Site C roles

By Kimberley Molina   The proposed Site C project appears to have the Regional District members confused about their roles. At the Peace River Regional District meeting on Thursday, Director Arthur Hadland says that after a meeting with the government liaison committee, he did not believe there would be an objective analysis of the results from the consultation process. "I talked about...

Premier Clark meets with workers and families to reaffirm support for Site C

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Premier Christy Clark was in Fort St. John today to meet with workers and businesses that are working on the Site C dam as well as their families to show her support for the $8.8 billion project on the Peace River. The Premier made the trip on short notice this morning, and met with families...

More than 2,000 workers now employed building Site C

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — According to BC Hydro's latest employment statistics, there are now more than 2,000 people employed in building the Site C dam. The latest employment statistics show that there were 2,124 total workers on the Site C project in January 2017. 1,719 of those workers, or 81 percent, were from B.C. Of those total workers, 677...

Industrial lots for sale in Fort St. John

“We’ve taken 90 acres and put all the roads in, and street lights, and services, and created individual lots that people can purchase now,” explains project manager of Press Development Steve Lea. Surerus Industrial Park is being managed by Press Development but is financially backed by Surerus Pipelines. The price to purchase a lot ranges from $249,600 for .52 acres...

BC Hydro awards Site C construction contract

BC Hydro has awarded a contract to Morgan Construction and Environmental for preparation activities on the north bank of Site C. The work will include the construction of seven kilometres of access road near the site, excavation of two million cubic metres of material, clearing and grubbing 55 hectares, and producing and stockpiling 100,000 cubic metres of aggregate materials for...

PRHP shortlisted to for Site C powerhouse contract

VANCOUVER. B.C. – BC Hydro today announced this morning that four teams that have been shortlisted for the Site C Dam’s generating station and spillways civil works contract. The contract includes the construction of civil works associated with the dam’s powerhouse, penstocks, spillways and power intakes.The selection process began back in May when the Request for Qualifications was issued. BC...

First Nation says UN Commitee will meet, ask ‘pointed questions’ about Site C

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- On the same week BC Hydro has gone to Provincial Supreme Court to seek an injunction to remove protesters from the tent camp where contractors are working on the Site C dam project, a United Nations Committee is presenting some pointed questions about the mega-project to Canadian diplomats. Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly...

Head of Site C steps down just prior to scheduled dam construction

As an Executive Vice President she has led for eight years what the utility calls the Clean Energy Project on the Peace River, taking it through a series of developmental, regulatory review, and decision-making stages. She will also likely oversee the official start of construction of the third dam expected late in June, as she will remain in the project...

Site C Dam worker accommodation lodge is now complete

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - BC Hydro and ATCO Two Rivers Lodging Group announced this morning that the Site C Dam’s worker accommodation lodge is now complete. The completion of the lodge, which includes 1,600 rooms and was completed on time and on budget, represents a significant project milestone for the project. The lodge features single-occupancy bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, TV and...

Treaty 8 brings Site C battle to UN

  Treaty 8 First Nations have taken the Site C fight all the way to the United Nations. Treaty 8 Tribal Chief Liz Logan recently had a meeting with Special Rapporteur James Anaya during the tenth session of the United Nations permanent form on Indigenous Issues. Logan says she is disappointed that the Province is supporting B.C. Hydro in its bid to...

Regional District continues to avoid taking stance on Site C

Their opposition would stand until the Clean Energy Acts changes to consider the use of natural gas for power generation, instead of flooding the Peace River. In the past the board has not taken a stance on Site C. Director White initially agreed that it was not the role of the board to take a position, and was happy to...

Landowners unsure about future due to BC Hydro expropriation

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Ken and Arlene Boon have been facing uncertainty when it comes to their home they currently live in due to expropriation from BC Hydro.  "BC Hydro is in the process of expropriating the lands that are needed for the Site C project. There is 8 different landowners they are dealing with so all of them...

Downstream First Nations call on Premier Horgan to cancel Site C

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A group of 14 First Nations that live downstream from the Site C dam in the Mackenzie River watershed are calling on Premier John Horgan to scrap the controversial project. The downstream Indigenous communities have united to express their shared opposition to Site C. “History has shown that downstream indigenous communities bear enormous costs when...

Hydro looks to connect Site C to South Peace

BC Hydro is now confronted with a dramatic load growth in this region and as a result has a growing list of local area power generation stories. Among them is the Fort St. John Substation Transformer Upgrade Project, one of the hundreds of capital projects underway or under consideration. Hydro projections show that electricity demand will increase by about 17 per...

UPDATED: Site C employment statistics show drop in local workers for two straight months

UPDATE: BC Hydro spokesperson Dave Conway says that the number and proportion of Peace River Regional District residents will vary month-to-month and reflects the seasonal nature of construction work. Conway added that with clearing season ending in the Spring, that was reflected in the drop in the number of local workers. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - BC Hydro has released the latest employment...

Cost outweigh benefit for third dam, Site C critic says

Dan Potts is a retired Forest Industry Executive with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Business, and more than 30 years experience managing capital and energy intensive facilities.  He argues the huge cost of $7.9 billion to build the dam will rob the province of valuable resources, which could be used to deliver other needed government services, and at the same...

Chetwynd enters into agreement with B.C. Hydro on Site C

“The District of Chetwynd has been working to ensure equal access to jobs and contracting opportunities for the people of Chetwynd in the event that the proposed Site C project receives approval,” says Mayor Merlin Nichols. “We have also made our position clear on the use of the various public roads passing through town and leading to the site of the proposed dam....
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