Topic: site c dam

B.C.'s Site C dam project behind schedule, plagued by problems, expert claims

B.C.'s mammoth Site C hydroelectric project is seriously behind schedule, plagued by quality problems and marked by secrecy, according to an assessment by an international dam expert.

Retiree undaunted by steep odds against his petition to stop Site C dam

Organizer Ion Moruso will need more than 300,000 signatures from across B.C. for his petition to be recognized.

Work on Site C suspended prior to First Nations lawsuit

Clearing for a power line near the Site C dam in northeastern B.C. has been voluntarily suspended by BC Hydro after two First Nations filed a lawsuit alleging the mega-project infringes on their treaty rights.

B.C. auditor general set to scrutinize Site C dam project

The government watchdog won't be reviewing NDP decision to move forward with dam, but other areas open.

West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations file court claim to stop Site C

Two First Nations in northeast B.C. have started legal action against the Site C dam, claiming its construction violates Treaty No. 8 of 1899.

BC Hydro asks hunters to avoid Site C construction

BC Hydro is asking hunters and trappers in northeast B.C. to avoid areas where crews are working on the construction of the Site C dam.

Quesnel mayor worried Site C approval will lead to forestry downturn in 2018

Bob Simpson is worried the approval of Site C will have an immediate impact on forestry towns, as BC Hydro will have a reduced need for biomass from the lumber industry in order to meet energy needs in the province.

Site C approval a 'Christmas present' says McLeod Lake Indian Band chief

Chief Harley Chingee estimates economic benefits of the dam to his community will be "nine figures, at least" Christmas present" and advised other Indigenous leaders to negotiate their own deals.

'Not the outcome I would have liked': B.C. energy minister addresses broken Site C promises

B.C.'s Energy Minister Michelle Mungall responds to criticism that she broke an election promise to end the controversial Site C dam, calling the decision to proceed "a very difficult" one.

'A reconciliation fail': B.C. First Nations promise court action over NDP's approval of Site C

The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations have promised to go to court to stop the Site C dam, while others criticized the NDP for breaking campaign promises to respect the rights of Indigenous people.

John Horgan disappoints both Site C opponents and supporters in northeast B.C.

Opponents of the Site C dam say they are "devastated" by the premier's decision to move forward with the project, while supporters say the NDP leader's handling of the decision is unlikely to win him future votes.

B.C. government to go ahead with Site C hydroelectric dam project

​Calling it a "difficult decision," the B.C. government has decided to go ahead with the controversial Site C hydroelectric dam, paving the way for work to restart.

B.C. government to announce Site C decision on Monday

Premier John Horgan will make the announcement to either continue or stop the construction of the $8.8 billion hydroelectric dam at 11:30 a.m. in Victoria.

As dam decision looms, Greens urge email flood to premier's office

While Green Party MLAs urged a last-minute push against Site C, the Liberal member for Peace River warned of catastrophic effects if the $8.8-billion project is quashed.

One of the biggest decisions in B.C. history is about to be made: the fate of the Site C dam

With a decision expected in days, people in northeast B.C. are waiting to finally hear the fate of the $8.8 billion megadam project whose roots go back to the 1950s.

Indigenous groups in Alberta, N.W.T. say they've borne 'enormous costs' from B.C. dams, call for end to Site C

A coalition of First Nations in Alberta and the Northwest Territories whose lands are downstream from B.C.'s Site C dam called on Premier John Horgan to cancel the project on the same day cabinet ministers consulted with energy experts.

B.C. Utilities Commission admits mistakes in Site C report but says conclusions still valid

Two reports on the effect cancelling the Site C dam would have on jobs and energy costs in B.C. were released this week, as the province questioned how the B.C. Utilities Commission arrived at some conclusions in its analysis of the project.

Q&A: Green Leader Andrew Weaver on utilities commission report and the future of Site C

Green Leader Andrew Weaver says Site C has become a costly waste of taxpayer money and B.C.'s future lies in alternative energy.

B.C. Utilities Commission says alternative energy projects could match Site C, but risks come either way

A highly anticipated report on whether the Site C dam in northeast B.C. makes economic sense has been released, setting the stage for the project to be killed or continue.

Scrapping Site C and developing wind and solar could save billions, analyst says

Robert McCullough, hired by the Peace Valley Landowners Association — which opposes the dam — presented his findings Friday at a hearing to review the project held by the B.C. Utilities Commission in Vancouver.

Cheaper to cancel Site C dam than delay B.C. megaproject until 2025, report says

A report by auditing firm Deloitte LLP says that putting putting the project on hold until 2025 would cost approximately $1.4 billion, while cancelling it outright would cost $1.2 billion.
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Wildfires, opioid crisis, softwood: John Horgan outlines priorities before swearing-in

B.C.'s new premier addresses missing the premiers meeting, wildfire response and the historic transition to an NDP government after 16 years in opposition.

Supreme Court of Canada refuses to hear B.C. First Nations' Site C dam appeal

The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to hear two B.C. First Nations' requests to appeal government approval of the Site C dam.

Site C highway will destroy gravesite, sweat lodge say First Nations

The Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations say plans to realign a highway to make way for the Site C dam in northeastern B.C. will destroy important cultural sites in the region.

1 year delay of Site C dam project would cost $630 million says BC Hydro

The president of BC Hydro says a one-year delay in the Site C hydroelectric dam project would cost $630 million, with construction in limbo as the NDP is poised to form a minority government in British Columbia in the coming weeks.

John Horgan calls on BC Hydro not to finalize Site C contracts

NDP Leader John Horgan has advised BC Hydro not to sign any new contracts on the divisive Site C hydroelectric dam project.

B.C. election could determine if ranchers get to keep home or lose it to highway

When the election results come in, Ken and Arlene Boon will find out if their home will be destroyed to make way for the Site C dam.

Site C petition delivers 120K signatures asking feds to halt dam construction

A coalition of groups opposed to the Site C dam have delivered a 120,000-signature petition asking the federal government stop construction of the northeastern B.C. hydroelectric project.
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To sell jobs message, B.C. Liberals need Site C

B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark is known for putting on her hard hat and touting B.C.'s economic growth. But her jobs message is taking on extra importance this election following the failure of the LNG industry to take off as promised.

Site C dam project has become 'uneconomic' and should be suspended: UBC report

A new analysis is calling for the suspension of B.C.'s Site C dam project, saying it's no longer going to benefit the provincial economy as once expected

MLAs accused of unfairly turfing deal with Treaty 8 First Nation

B.C. official opposition challenged the minister of aboriginal relations and reconciliation in question period, saying he scrapped an agreement that would have settled 117-year-old title disputes.

'Tension crack' interrupts Site C dam construction

Construction of one portion of Site C has been interrupted by a 400-metre-long 'tension crack' discovered on a slope being stabilized for dam construction.

Site C ruling shows Canadian courts don't take reconciliation seriously, says law professor

UBC law professor Gordon Christie argues that if Canada took reconciliation seriously, the government and courts would put a higher priority on settling treaty disputes.

Federal court dismisses First Nations' challenge of Site C dam

The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed a lawsuit from two B.C. First Nations trying to prevent the Site C dam project from going ahead.

Site C dam project forces expropriation of B.C. family farm this spring

A farmer in northeast British Columbia is still hopeful that he'll get to stay in his home, despite an announcement by BC Hydro that the company plans to seize the property to make way for a controversial hydroelectric project.

Site C dam an 'outdated solution,' says ex-premier

B.C.'s former premier Mike Harcourt says the Site C dam project is an outdated method of generating energy.

Amnesty International calls for more police in Fort St. John, northeast B.C.

Amnesty International is calling on the RCMP to deploy more police officers to northeast B.C. in order to deal with problems caused by resource development, including violence against Indigenous women and girls.

First Nations chief insults premier and BC Hydro CEO over Site C

West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson has lashed out at Premier Christy Clark and BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald in Facebook post. The West Moberly are one of two First Nations fighting the Site C dam project in federal court.

N.W.T. Dene leaders call for halt to B.C.'s Site C dam construction

Dene leaders in the N.W.T. are calling for an immediate halt on construction of the Site C Dam in northern B.C., saying it violates treaty rights on their traditional homeland.

Site C worker lodge ready to house 1,600 employees in Fort St. John

A new $470-million lodge to house workers for the Site C dam project has been completed.

Site C dam on time and on budget, says Ernst and Young

Alberta's loss is British Columbia's gain as fears of labour shortages for the construction of the massive Site C dam evaporate amid a slump in the oil and gas industry, says a new report released Tuesday.

Justin Trudeau accused of 'bulldozing Aboriginal rights' with Site C

The federal NDP is questioning Justin Trudeau's commitment to having a 'nation-to-nation' relationship with Indigenous people, claiming the Liberal party continues to dodge questions about the Site C dam project near Fort St John.

B.C. First Nations Site C dam challenge plays out in Federal Court in Montreal

The communities from Treaty 8 territory -- Prophet River and West Moberly -- appeared in the Federal Court of Appeal seeking to reverse a 2015 decision that rejected their arguments the project violates their constitutionally protected treaty rights.

Why B.C.'s Site C dam could become a national issue

It's been 21 months since the provincial government approved the dam, but opponents are steadfast that the fight isn't over.
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Hydro exec counters concerns about fracking and dam safety

BC Hydro deputy CEO Chris O'Riley says damage from fracking-related earthquakes could increase maintenance and operational costs but their dams can withstand much larger tremors.

Site C construction violating environmental regulations, B.C. Hydro warned

The federal government has issued a warning to B.C. Hydro for not monitoring air quality at its Site C project site near Fort St John.

Oil and gas projects need to provide more opportunities for First Nations, says B.C. contractor

A Blueberry First Nation band member and owner of a contracting company in Fort St John wants to form a coalition of First Nations contractors to make sure they get their fair share of jobs for development in the Peace.

West Moberly First Nations concerned about mercury contamination in fish

Members of the West Moberly First Nations say a hydroelectric dam in northeastern B.C. has left fish in the region too contaminated with mercury to eat.

Site C dam: Bill Bennett defends approval of Peace River project

Energy Minister Bill Bennett is defending the B.C. government's decision to approve the controversial Site C dam.

Site C: Peace River landowners seek judicial review of hydro dam plan

A group of landowners from B.C.'s Peace River region are asking the B.C. Supreme Court for an injunction to block a major hydroelectric project from going ahead.