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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...

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...

Report claims ‘extremely high probability’ Site C will be delayed at least one year

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A report written by a former hydroelectric dam engineer commissioned by the West Moberly First Nations says that there is an “extremely high probability” that the Site C Dam will be delayed by at least one year. The report was drafted by E. Harvey Elwin, who reviewed a number of confidential documents that the First Nation...

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...

City of Fort St. John gets approval to sign firefighting agreement with Site C contractor

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has gotten approval from the Peace River Regional District Board to sign an agreement to provide fire protection services to the consortium responsible for building a major component of the Site C dam. According to a letter to the PR Board from Protective Services Director Jim Rogers, the City...

BC Hydro president says project health of Site C went from ‘red’ to ‘yellow’ during first quarter

VANCOUVER, B.C. – BC Hydro President and Chief Operating Officer Chris O’Riley says in a letter to the B.C. Utilities Commission that after a number of issues and setbacks to the dam’s construction, the Site C project is back on track to be completed on-time and on-budget. In his letter to Commission Secretary and Manager Patrick Wruck, O’Riley also follows...

Site C workforce sees big jump in May

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The size of the workforce employed in building the Site C dam saw a big jump in May. According to statistics published by BC Hydro this afternoon, there were a total of 2,810 workers employed on Site C during the fifth month of the year, up from 2,242 in April. The number of contractors on site...

Chief Electoral Officer issues sheets for petition to cancel Site C

VICTORIA, B.C. – B.C.’s Chief Electoral Officer issued petition sheets today for the initiative to cancel the Site C Dam. In a release, Chief Electoral Officer Anton Boegman said that the sheets were issued to the initiative’s proponent, Ion Delsol Moruso. According to Elections BC, registered canvassers will have 90 days to collect signatures from at least 10 percent of registered...

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...

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