Topic: site c dam

13 active COVID-19 cases now confirmed at Site C project

COVID-19 cases are increasing at the Site-C dam work site over the past week according to B.C. Hydro's spokesperson. David Conway says there are now 13 active COVID cases related to the project

Site C dam budget nearly doubles to $16B, but B.C. NDP forging on with megaproject

The B.C. NDP government is forging ahead with the Site C dam project after receiving technical reports concluding the project is safe and financial estimates indicating the cost of reversing the project would have a "severe" impact on taxpayers.

Energy minister calls independent Site C dam report 'helpful,' will consult cabinet

Energy Minister Bruce Ralston says he has received an independent report on the site C dam project prepared by former deputy finance minister Peter Milburn, but he won't discuss the findings until they've been shared with cabinet.

OPINION | Bridging the electricity gap between Alberta and B.C. makes perfect climate sense

Connecting the provinces is an opportunity to use B.C.’s hydro flexibility to enable more wind and solar to be built in Alberta, resulting in lower GHGs, according to professors Mark Jaccard and Blake Shaffer.

Cost of Site C dam spiralling amid construction challenges, says open letter urging halt to project

In a letter addressed to NDP Leader John Horgan, more than a dozen self-described "prominent British Columbians" say the project is years away from completion, "mired" in potentially unfixable problems and is facing potentially "horrendous" cost over-runs.

Prophet River First Nation pulls out of lawsuit over Site C dam in northeastern B.C.

The Prophet River First Nation have pulled out of a lawsuit against the B.C. government over the Site C dam project, leaving the West Moberly First Nation to fight the legal battle alone.

Multiple Site C workers in isolation following positive case of COVID-19

The worker came from Alberta and is now isolating at the work camp and being cared for by onsite medical staff.

UN committee warns that Site C dam may violate Indigenous rights agreement

The UN's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination says Canada may have already violated an agreement it signed 50 years ago. That agreement commits Canada to prevent development on Indigenous land without adequate consultation.

First Nations 'deeply frustrated' after B.C. Supreme Court dismisses Site C injunction

At the core of the case is the West Moberly First Nations argument that the multi-billion dollar BC Hydro dam will cause irreparable harm to their territory and way of life — rights protected under Treaty 8.

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.

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.

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 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.