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New report by UBC researchers calls for government to send Site C to BCUC

VANCOUVER, B.C. — A new report led by researchers at the University of British Columbia looking at the economic impact of Site C is calling for the B.C. government to hit pause on the project. In an analysis of the project, the report’s authors say that the 1,100 megawatt dam is now much more expensive than an alternative system of ...

Site C Project to start construction of temporary bridge in early September

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - As part of clearing activities for the Site C Project, B.C. Hydro says construction will be starting in early September on a temporary bridge to an island in the Peace River near Halfway River. According to B.C. Hydro, the bridge will allow workers to remove vegetation from the island and prepare for the creation of...

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...

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...

Clark asks Hydro to give Boon and Meek families lease extension in letter to Horgan

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — In a follow-up letter to BC NDP leader John Horgan, Premier Christy Clark has asked BC Hydro to grant the Boon and Meek families a 15-day lease extension ahead of two tenders for the realignment of Highway 29 that are due to be released in the near future. In her letter yesterday, Clark responded to...

Temporary foreign worker at Site C employed in specialised position

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though the number of workers at the Site C dam project broke 2,000 for the first in January, only 2,123 of the 2,124 workers were from Canada. BC Hydro confirmed that one of the mage project’s workers was hired through the Temporary Foreign Worker program subject to the Labour Market Impact Assessment process. BC Hydro...

Open house on Site C environmental impact guidelines tomorrow

The first of the open house sessions will be held at the North Peace Cultural Centre tomorrow from 3 to 8 p.m. Others will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Community Hall in Hudson's Hope, and the Pomeroy Inn & Suites in Chetwynd. Next week, three more sessions are scheduled for successive...

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Petition with 120,000 signatures to halt the Site C dam to be handed over in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Citizen groups, human rights organizations and environmental groups will be in Vancouver tomorrow to handover a petition and postcards calling on the federal government to immediately halt the Site C dam project. The petition received close to 120,000 signatures and postcards are also being sent. Don Wright, Amnesty International Canada’s BC activism coordinator says that the petitions show...

Site C workforce dropped in December to lowest levels since mid-2016

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. —  The latest Site C dam employment statistics published by BC Hydro show that in the last month of 2017 the workforce of the largest construction project in the province dropped to levels not seen since May of the previous year. In December, there was a total of 1,525 people employed at Site C. The number...

Campbell talks HST and Site C

Video:  Thanks to Motion Media, you can watch the entire interview with Premier Campbell.   In an Issues and Answers appearance this morning Premier Gordon Campbell gave detailed government answers to questions about two controversial issues. While his visit to Fort St. John is focussed on the official openings of the Northeast BC Energy Conference and the Enerplex, the conversation this morning...

B.C. Supreme Court case on Site C injunction begins today

VANCOUVER, B.C. – A hearing to determine whether the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations will be awarded an injunction to stop work on the Site C Dam ahead of a treaty infringement lawsuit will start in B.C. Supreme Court today. The two First Nations filed the lawsuit and the injunction application on January 15, seeking either a complete stoppage...

Last day to comment on Site C public hearing process

Thus, the regulatory clock is essentially stopped until Hydro responds in full, and if then satisfied, the panel will schedule public hearings.  Proponents of the dam see it as part of the solution to a population growth of one million people over the next two decades, that along with major economic expansion, means power needs are likely to increase by...

B.C. Hydro President talks powering LNG, Site C in Fort St. John

“As you know, the Peace is a very important area for B.C. Hydro,” he told the Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday. “It’s a huge part of our system. In British Columbia we have the two rivers that we rely on - the Peace and the Columbia – as far as a major part of our electrical generation.”  Reid believes...

PVLA says Hydro should delay the Site C project by two years

Frustrated over the government’s repeated refusal to commission an independent review of Site C’s cost estimates, the PVLA took it upon themselves to hire leading US energy economist, Robert McCullough to look at the business case of the largest public infrastructure project in British Columbia’s history. From the outset, the government has touted Site C as the option that is...

PVLA, First Nations prepare for Site C Federal, Supreme Court cases

The Peace Valley Landowner Association hearing in B.C. Supreme Court is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. next Monday. It is arguing the Environmental Assessment Certificate for the project is invalid and President Ken Boon’s group is looking for a court ruling to have it stopped. “That all goes back to the Joint Review Panel,” says Boon. “They had their mandate...

Hydro Site C meeting Wednesday night

BC Hydro will hold the second of two Site-C Dam open house and information sessions this week, beginning at 7p.m., at the Pomeroy Hotel, Wednesday. The clean energy project is now in the Stage-3, environmental and regulatory review phase, which will include an independent environmental assessment and a similar two hour meeting was held last night in Hudson's Hope. They...

BC Hydro president: Peace River diversion delayed by one year, costing $610 million

VANCOUVER, B.C. — BC Hydro’s President and COO Chris O’Riley says that Hydro will miss the deadline to divert the Peace River by at least one year, causing an increase in the budget of the Site C dam by over $600 million. Thursday O’Riley issued a response to questions by the B.C. Utilities Commission that were raised by the Commission...

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