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Site C public hearing dates set to begin in December

The Site C dam could be generating power by 2021, if BC Hydro gets the project approved. (BC Hydro)

The environmental review for a massive hydro project is set to move into public hearings next month. The Joint Review Panel announced yesterday it has enough information to proceed with hearings for the Site C dam. 

The eight billion dollar project in the Peace River region would flood thousands of hectares of agricultural land, and force some landowners off their properties. BC Hydro's Dave Conway says it's needed to meet growing energy demands. "We believe that this project is a good project for the province of British Columbia. It provides firm capacity at 11 hundred megawatts, and it provides energy and 51 hundred gigawatt hours. The need that we're looking at is actually long term."

The opening session for the public hearings will be held in Fort St. John on December 9. Hearings will also be held in Hudson's Hope, Prince George, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, and Peace River.

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