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Site C is APPROVED

Some points of contention often surround the potential impact on the environment and First Nations, uncertainty of the final price and impact on the provincial debt, as well as the need for the additional power and potential alternatives. However, a review conducted earlier in the year says it found the dam would provide stable and relatively low cost power. The proximity...

New NDP Leader comes out against Site C

Mr. Horgan is calling for an independent third party to examine when B.C. would actually need the power from B.C. Hydro’s third dam on the Peace River, and how much taxpayers will pay for the electricity.  Horgan says it's a good project, except for the fact B.C. doesn't need the energy, First Nations oppose it and the dam would destroy...

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...

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...

BC Hydro launches fund to compensate for agricultural impacts of Site C

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.— The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources announced yesterday that BC Hydro has launched a $20-million fund to support agricultural production and related economic activity in the Peace Region. The fund has been set up to help mitigate some of the potential effects of the Site C project on agriculture in the Peace. The Ministry...

Site C seminar outlines potential hazards

Fort St. John area residents have been told of the possibility of erosion and a potential for landslides if the Site C dam is built. That’s the message from Andrew Watson, the lead project engineer for B.C. Hydro. Watson gave a presentation, Wednesday, on the potential hazards associated with the construction of the dam at the Quality Inn. Watson says one of...

Premier tells Hydro to remove union blocking plan

In a tweet sent out by Vaughn Palmer from the Vancouver Sun, he quotes Clark as saying what Hydro proposed on Site C was “illegal”.  Clark apparently also spoke with Hydro CEO and they have agreed to remove the no-organizing ban against building trades. #bcpoli Premier Christy Clark says what Hydro was proposing on Site C was "illegal" -- can't...

Fort St. John ready to talk Site C

"You need to leave us a better community than you found us," she says. "A project of this magnitude, it will put pressure on a community and community services... this is going to be a seven year jolt and we're going to have to bring that in and try and deal with it." The City has launched its "Let's Talk...

Another Site C meeting, another protest

Last night's protest was much smaller than the one held at B.C. Hydro's most recent open house on April 17, as about half a dozen protesters walked through the meeting with Anti-Site C signs and ringing a bell. Their presence was met by applause by some in the crowd, and generally stopped conversation while they made their way through...

Hydro provides update on Site C stress fracture

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro has released an update on the situation regarding the 400 metre-long tension crack on the north bank of the Site C dam site that was first revealed late last month. BC Hydro says that the stress fracture has not grown since their last official update on February 24th, when the Crown Corporation broke...

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...

Site C protesters occupy provincial courthouse

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- Showing solidarity for the Peace Valley Landowners Association, who is in the B.C. Supreme Court of Appeal this week, protesters of the $9-billion Site C hydroelectric dam project have gathered at Fort St. John's Provincial Courthouse. President of the PVLA Ken Boon was in the Court of Appeal yesterday, and BC Hydro is set to present...

Amnesty International says Hydro and government using excessive legal tactics in Site C injunction hearing

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Amnesty International Canada says it is questioning why lawyers for BC Hydro and the provincial government sought to get evidence about the Site C dam excluded from an injunction hearing set to begin this July. The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations are seeking an injunction to halt construction of Site C until the conclusion of...

35 per cent of Site C workers aren’t from B.C.: FOI request

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – According to a Freedom of Information request made by the BC Building Trades in December, only 65 per cent of the 482 construction workers on the Site C project in November were from B.C. The response from BC Hydro came in 103 days after the request was filed. BC Building Trades says Minister of Energy and Mines...

Site C public hearing in Chetwynd replaced with second in Hudson’s Hope

The public hearings begin in Fort St. John on December 9, with a welcome from the City, Treaty 8 Tribal Association and the Saulteau First Nations, and a presentation by B.C. Hydro in the morning. In the first few days some of the speakers include the Peace Valley Environmental Association, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, former Fort St. John Mayor...

MLA Pat Pimm releases report on Site C

Before the project entered the environmental assessment stage back in March 2010, Pimm developed a 14 point position paper, responding to the Crown corporation's question of what it would take for his communities to get on board with the project.While he admits all of his concerns won't be fully addressed, he argues that he would feel comfortable that he'd...

Clearing and debris management underway at Site C Project areas

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - B.C. Hydro has announced that clearing and debris management is underway in various Site C project areas. B.C. Hydro says good quality wood will be sent to local mills, while the debris will either be mulched, chipped, or burned on site. "Merchantable trees of sufficient size, quality and volume that are suitable for harvest will be...

Ministry of Transport issues tenders for Site C road improvements

The Ministry of Transportation has issued tenders to upgrade roads around Fort St. John that will be affected by the Site C project. The upgrades include three roads located about two kilometres south of Fort St. John that will be done in partnership with B.C. Hydro.  The work includes upgrading and paving to 1.6km of the 240 Road, upgrades and...
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