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Site C stop work injunction dismissed

VANCOUVER, B.C. - A court injunction to stop work at the Site C Dam has been dismissed. According to tweets from reporters in Vancouver, the injunction filed by West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations in January of this year has been dismissed. The two First Nations applied for seeking a complete stoppage to work on the dam, or for work...

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...

Statistics show August had the highest number of workers employed on Site C thus far

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The size of the workforce employed in building the Site C dam has reached yet another record high, exceeding 3,500 workers in August. According to statistics published by BC Hydro today, there were a total of 3,561 workers employed on Site C in August, up from 3,303 in July. The number of contractors on site sat...

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...

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 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...

Audit finds boosters of Muskrat Falls megaproject ‘understated’ its costs

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. - An audit has found Newfoundland's Nalcor Energy may have overstated the potential value of its Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject and prematurely dismissed alternative electricity options for the province. Accountants from Grant Thornton testified Friday at the inquiry into cost overruns of the $12.7-billion Labrador dam, presenting a report on the provincial Crown corporation's early financial...

Inquiry into Muskrat Falls megaproject ‘boondoggle’ to begin in Labrador

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -  It has been called a ``boondoggle'', by the man in charge. The Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject, a massive dam and powerhouse harnessing the lower Churchill River near Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador, is not even yet complete. But a public inquiry begins Monday on how its cost has already doubled to more than $12.7-billion, with the bill...

Site C viewpoint repaired following damage in late July rainstorm

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro says that just over six weeks after damage during a summer rainstorm forced its closure, the viewpoint above the Site C has now reopened. The Site C project’s Community Relations Manager Dave Conway said a clogged drain resulted in drainage issues at the viewpoint, which caused some water damage to the site during...

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...

BC Hydro advising public about controlled burns by Site C project crews this fall

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro is advising members of the public that contractors employed on building the Site C dam could be conducting controlled burns this fall. In an advisory today, Hydro said that clearing and debris management is underway at a number of Site C project areas. Any felled trees of sufficient size, quality and volume to make...

Site C workforce broke 3,300 mark in July

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The size of the workforce employed in building the Site C dam has reached another record high. According to statistics published by BC Hydro this afternoon, there were a total of 3,303 workers employed on Site C in July, up from 3,093 in June. The number of contractors on site sat at 2,675, which is 312...

NDIT appointed by BC Hydro to administer Site C agricultural compensation fund

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro announced today that it has appointed the Northern Development Initiative Trust as the financial administrator of its Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund. The $20-million fund, which was launched earlier this year, supports agricultural priorities in the Peace Region. Hydro said it set up the fund to recognize the role that agriculture plays in the local...

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....

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 moving navigation channel on Peace River at Site C

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro is advising boaters and river users that the navigation channel in the main stem of the Peace River, which passes under the temporary Site C construction bridge, will be moving this weekend. Hydro spokesperson Dave Conway said that the navigation channel will be shifted approximately 50 metres closer to the north bank of the Peace...

BCUC approves BC Hydro buying remaining stake in Waneta Dam for $1.2 billion

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The B.C. Utilities Commission has approved BC Hydro’s application to purchase the two-thirds share of the Waneta Dam in southeastern B.C. that is currently owned by Teck Resources. In 2010, BC Hydro purchased a one-third share of the Waneta Dam for $825 million. The dam, which is located near Trail, was originally built in 1954 by the...

First Nations seeking injunction to stop Site C have first day in court

VANCOUVER, B.C. - A lawyer for First Nations aiming to stop work on the Site C dam says there's no remedy besides taking the project "out of the ground" in northeastern British Columbia. Reidar Mogerman says the West Moberly First Nations' way of life has already been disrupted by a reservoir created by the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, the largest hydroelectric...
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