Site C: Unfortunately 4 Billion Dollars already committed by Liberals was too much to ignore

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NorthReport

For the 2017 election, combine Site C, the Massey Bridge, and possibly an LNG project and voters who want jobs will be voting Liberal.

Christy Clark announces $470-million turbine contract for B.C. Site C dam

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/christy-clark-annou...

iyraste1313

Christy Clark announces $470-million turbine contract for B.C. Site C dam...

Hmm! To Voith Hydro? A german company on the Frankfort stock exchange? Wouldn't the German Greens, maybe others have something to say about their company in violation of international indigenous rights?

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Gov't Using Misleading Accounting at BC Hydro, Charges Dix

The British Columbia government has chosen to use misleading accounting at BC Hydro to fudge the province's finances ahead of the 2017 election, charges NDP energy critic Adrian Dix.

"They misled people about the state of B.C.'s finances, and they misled people about the state of BC Hydro's finances," said Dix, the MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway, in an interview. "This will affect every single person in the province."

In particular, he said, the government is using "rate smoothing" or "rate stabilization" accounts to move up about $1 billion in revenue that the Crown utility won't actually receive from ratepayers until after 2021 so that it is included as income for earlier years.

The accounting trick lets the government continue to take money out of the utility to help balance its own books, Dix said.

"We're borrowing against nothing here," he said. "This is a pure attempt to mislead people about the state of the province's finances."

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BC Hydro being used to funnel tens of billions to Liberal friends

Readers may tire of reports on BC Hydro but the more I examine this public utility, the more convinced I am that citizens of BC are victims of massive financial deception.

In 20 years leading up to 1996, BC Hydro’s average annual revenue from trading in North American electricity markets was $115 million. In three years ended March 2003, the utility realized gross trading revenue of  $11.25 billion, although that sum was tempered by the $1 billion or so BC Hydro paid to end a subsequent lawsuit by California.

Transferring risk

Although the American power market had been manipulated by Enron and other criminal fixers, Gordon Campbell and his colleagues believed that British Columbia could become a permanent power supplier to the western USA. Liberals wanted the electricity to be created by private operators, but it was soon clear that private entrepreneurs were not prepared to take significant financial risks.

The provincial government was determined to proceed so it decided that BC Hydro would sign long-term contracts to purchase power produced by independents at prices that made projects attractive to investors. This effectively transferred all business risks from private operators to the public. While dumb, it’s a fairly common occurrence today when governments are keen to be seen as business-friendly....

NorthReport

Whatever. It's a done deal with a renewable resource - time to move on. 

Now is an ideal time to build the Site C hydroelectric project

http://vancouversun.com/business/energy/opinion-ideal-time-to-build-site-c

kropotkin1951

NorthReport wrote:

Whatever. It's a done deal with a renewable resource - time to move on. 

Now is an ideal time to build the Site C hydroelectric project

http://vancouversun.com/business/energy/opinion-ideal-time-to-build-site-c

First Nations are irrelevant, right NorthReport? Who cares what they have to say when the elite wants something built. But it is good for the Tripac and the IUOE so you would support it.

quizzical

what's Tripac and IUOE?

i'm thinking this might be the only thing to get me out to a blockade against something. this dam is wrong on so many levels.

wonder how many secret meetings Christy had with lobbyists for this? meetings she seemingly gets paid for by the BC Liberal party.

kropotkin1951

IUOE is International Union of Operating Engineers the union in BC that represents heavy equipment operators in the construction business. The Tripac is short form for the Teamsters, Labourers and IUOE when they work under a joint contract. All three of these unions have a long history of supporting the federal Liberals. The IUOE provincially supported the Socreds until Mini-Wac attacked the Building trades Unions. Like a corporation that only owes loyalty to its shareholders short term interests these unions are of the view that what is good for their members' short term interests is what they will promote and lobby for.

iyraste1313

Whatever. It's a done deal with a renewable resource - time to move on......?

The destruction of agricultural land, thousands of acres of forests and the grossest violations of indigenous international law, as has been well stated is a crime against humanity and the planet...

anyone not complicit in this crime, must take whatever action in their personal and social lives to stop this!

Every corporation and financial institution, every union and their membership, every media person and politician in support, must be actively boycotted and denounced!

Letters must be sent to the band councils in support of their members opposition...

it is time to convene general assembly to prepare effective strategy to stop this monstrosity!

quizzical

thanks kropotkin.

yup iyraste

NorthReport

Nine groups to split $75K in Site C funds as BC Hydro, Fort St. John ink agreement 

Community Bridge: $20,000 for counselling and support services throughout the Peace River-Liard region

• Fort St. John Women's Resource Centre: $20,000 to education, advocacy and social justice services for women in the community

• Abbeyfield Houses: $5,000 for housing services for seniors

• Fort St. John Community Arts Council: $5,000 to help fund local arts and culture organizations and events

North Peace Justice Society: $5,000 for the society's restorative justice program, which aims to keep first-time and low-level offenders out of the court system

• Fort St. John Public Library: $5,000 for library services

• Fort St. John Literacy Society: $5,000 for literacy services

• Fort St. John North Peace Museum: $5,000 for ongoing collection, preservation and exhibition of the history of the North Peace region

• BC SPCA North Peace Branch: $5,000 for animal support services
- See more at: http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/regional-news/site-c/nine-groups-to-spli...

http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/regional-news/site-c/nine-groups-to-spli...

kropotkin1951

Great Canadian tradition. Steal native land and dole the proceeds out to a white community.

quizzical

fkn peanuts for letters of support for social license...grrr.......

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Tell Premier Clark: No Site C!

Send a Letter: I support Treaty 8 First Nations' opposition to the proposed Site C dam project!

Site C is the very opposite of a climate solution.  The proposed Site C hydroelectric dam project is not “clean energy.”  Use the tool below to send a message to Prime Minster Trudeau, Premier Clark and BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald.

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CANADA: HALT SITE C

The construction of the Site C dam would severely affect Indigenous families.

Tell the Trudeau government to honour its promises and respect the Treaties.

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BC Hydro going to court to evict Site C dam protesters from outside head office

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The protesters have been stationed outside the company's head office 24 hours a day since March 13, after a B.C. Supreme Court judge granted an injunction to remove protesters from a tent camp at the $8.8 billion megaproject's construction site near Fort St. John, B.C.

Documents filed for the new injunction application allege protesters have vandalized the building, urinated, defecated and smoked marijuana on the property, dug up portions of the lawn, and harassed and intimidated employees, visitors and passers-by.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

The documents said the camp began as two tents and has grown to include more than a dozen tents, canopies, banners and tarps.

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Indigenous movement stops construction of Brazilian mega-dam

In a historic victory, one of Brazil’s largest indigenous groups has managed to suspend construction of a mega-dam that threatened to submerge their home. The Brazilian indigenous agency FUNAI finally demarcated the territory of the Munduruku people, providing the legal basis to suspend construction of the São Luiz de Tapajós dam. 

These 700 square miles of land – known as Sawre Muybu – are now legally recognized as the traditional territory of the Munduruku and protected under the Brazilian constitution, which grants indigenous people the right to free, prior, and informed consent before the government can use their land.

The Munduruku have been fighting for this right since 1975, standing up to a government more interested in questionably “green” energy and expansion than in protecting indigenous communities. In 2013, FUNAI actually conducted research confirming the status of Sawre Muybu as Munduruku territory, but failed to publish it due to government pressure. In response the Munduruku began the process of “auto-demarcating” their land, setting up signs and trenches to mark off their territory. They organized meetings, wrote letters, built alliances and staged occupations. Over the years they refined their strategy and took lessons from the fight against the Belo Monte mega-dam, which also wiped out species and displaced thousands of indigenous people.....

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Munduruku leaderships receive the Equator Prize

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Site C opponents to pack up Vancouver protest camp

After more than 50 days, a Site C protest camp outside BC Hydro's corporate office in downtown Vancouver is coming to an end.

On Saturday, the protesters issued a statement saying they are packing up instead of fighting the Crown utility in court. The camp began March 13.

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Campers at the "Peace Camp," who have been protesting construction of the Site C Dam at the BC Hydro buildings in downtown Vancouver since March 13, have decided to pack up rather than fight both an injunction and a civil suit in court.

The decision was made to settle with BC Hydro outside of court to stop the large civil suit, which named the hunger striker, Kristin Henry, as well as three others, charging them with costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars. While the civil suit filed against them was clearly a SLAPP suit, those named do not have the resources to fight BC Hydro in court....

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The head of an industry group pitching geothermal projects as an alternative to the proposed Site C dam says such projects could be up and running within a couple of years, and that the risk of failure or “dry holes” is low because heat sources have already been drilled and mapped by the oil and gas industry.

“It’s been found – but you can’t blame the oil industry for not making power out of it. That’s not their business,” Alison Thompson, chair of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, said in a recent interview.

A new report from CanGEA outlines geothermal resources that have the potential to provide the same amount of energy as Site C at a significantly lower cost, Ms. Thompson said

The head of an industry group pitching geothermal projects as an alternative to the proposed Site C dam says such projects could be up and running within a couple of years, and that the risk of failure or “dry holes” is low because heat sources have already been drilled and mapped by the oil and gas industry.

“It’s been found – but you can’t blame the oil industry for not making power out of it. That’s not their business,” Alison Thompson, chair of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, said in a recent interview.

A new report from CanGEA outlines geothermal resources that have the potential to provide the same amount of energy as Site C at a significantly lower cost, Ms. Thompson said

eta my comment, thought i'd written it..lol

though this article is a couple of years old, it stands as how we can force Christy to stop. geothermal investigations here is going great and just imagine how far ahead we'd be now if the BC Liberals had a clue or a care about anything but themselves if they would've invested in this 2 years ago.

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New fisheries permits will force Trudeau government's hand on Site C

A new round of federal permits for Site C will steer the Trudeau government into uncharted waters, opponents of the dam say.   

For what appears to be the first time, the new government will have to give firm yes or no on the $8.8 billion dam in the form of new fisheries permits required for construction to continue.  

Up to now, the federal Liberals have shied away from the Site C question, saying the approval of the initial federal permits was the previous government's decision. 

Opponents of the project say the new permits, which are before Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo, will be a critical test of the government's promised new relationship with Aboriginal people....

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Site C Not Subject to 'Rigorous Scrutiny,' Fails First Nations, Royal Society of Canada Warns Trudeau

Top-level scientists and academics from across Canada are calling on the federal government to put the brakes on construction of the Site C dam and, in an unusual move, the call is being supported by the Royal Society of Canada.

A stinging criticism of the assessment process, lack of consideration for First Nations concerns and the B.C. government’s decision to start construction despite ongoing court cases, was released at an Ottawa news conference Tuesday with a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a statement asking that the federal government not issue any more permits for the hydroelectric mega-project until there have been additional reviews and the courts have decided on First Nations court cases.

A “Statement of Concern” signed by 250 scientists and academics, amounting to a Who’s-Who of Canadian academia, asks that the B.C. government submit the project for review by the B.C. Utilities Commission, something suggested by Joint Review Panel, but rejected by the provincial government.

There should also be a review by the Department of Justice to analyze whether the project infringes on aboriginal and treaty rights, the statement says.

“Based on evidence raised across our many disciplines, the undersigned scholars have concluded that there were significant gaps and inadequacies in the regulatory review and environmental assessment process for the Site C Project,” says the statement.

“Our assessment is that this process did not accord with the commitments of both the federal and provincial government to reconciliation with, and legal obligations to First Nations, protection of the environment and evidence-based decision making with scientific integrity.”....

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BC Hydro, minister fire back at academics' call to halt Site C

BC Hydro and Energy Minister Bill Bennett are firing back at academics who say the Site C dam should be halted for further review.

More than 200 scientists with the Royal Society of Canada signed a petition released May 24 asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to hit the pause button on the controversial $8.8 billion hydroelectric project, currently under construction on the Peace River near Fort St. John.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Royal Society Maryse Lassonde said work on the dam should be "discontinued" to review the business case for the dam, environmental issues and First Nations Treaty rights.

"Past projects often neglected or ignored Aboriginal peoples and their concerns–with adverse and lingering consequences," Lassonde wrote. "Those days are supposed to be over."....

kropotkin1951

The BC Building Trades are going to be even stronger proponents of this environmental disaster of a project now. This "deal" is nothing like the way the previous dams were built when BC Hydro projects were always union construction sites. I hope the courts stop this project and this deal doesn't get implemented. 

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On Wednesday, May 27th, BC Hydro announced that they had come to an agreement on a negotiated framework with the B.C. Building Trades regarding the participation of trade unions in the construction of the Site C dam.

Under the proposed model, contractors who bid on Site C related projects who demonstrate that they have negotiated a collective agreement with the Building Trades, and can therefore guarantee a reliable source of skilled workers, will get preference in the bidding process.

http://www.iuoe115.ca/bc-hydro-and-bc-building-trades-reach-deal-on-site-c/

 

 

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Global BC had comercials uming the need for the hydro "in the future". it may not be needed now they said.

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BC Hydro acknowledges W.A.C. Bennett dam's dark side

The W.A.C. Bennett dam is an engineering marvel that stands 186 metres tall, created the world's seventh-largest reservoir and produces around a quarter of B.C.'s electricity

Until recently, that's all the dam's 7,000 visitors a year learned about the province's largest hydroelectric facility.

Now, for the first time in its history, an exhibit at the popular tourist destination acknowledges the dam's dark side.

Unveiled June 9 before an audience of more than 200, the new exhibit details the Bennett Dam's irreversible impacts on Northeast B.C.'s Aboriginal people.

The dam forever isolated the Tsey Keh Dene and Kwadacha bands on the far side of a nearly-impassable reservoir, fundamentally altering the lives of people who were once self-sufficient. According to an elder of the Kwadacha Nation, a total of nine people drowned shortly after the dam was completed in 1968—forced to navigate the Williston Reservoir on flat-bottomed boats designed for river travel. The dam inundated more than 1,700 square kilometres of forest and created an unstable aquatic environment where fish are still laden with mercury.

Two hundred and seventy-five people attended the unveiling of the Our Story, Our Voice exhibit, the majority of them members of First Nations from across Northeast B.C.

While the mood at the event was one of reconciliation, the afternoon was coloured by the fact BC Hydro is building a third dam that will have serious impacts on Indigenous people....

NorthReport

People are fighting the wrong enemy, and that is why Site C is going ahead as it has the support of BC citizens

The real enemy is coal

There is an excellent article at Politico.com entitled

"Inside the war on coal" by Michael Grunwald

iyraste1313

the wrong enemy?

The enemy is racism, the destruction of the people of Treaty 8, their lands, their resources for sustenance..

the enemy is imperialism and colonialism...the right of a settler population to destroy at will the rights of an Indigenous People..

the enemy is the destruction of international law, by which this abomination, rightly called the sins of humanity by the former Agricultural Land Commissionar of BC has been allowed to exist and prosper.....without the rule of law, we descend into the jungle of might is right!

and the governments complicit in permitting this are rogue governments which deserve no respect from their citizens and ought to declare themselves in noncooperation..

Site C is a crime against humanity and all suporters, businesses and agencies are complicit!

NorthReport

Governments sometimes need to move on issues although painful to a few, when it is in the public good, which site C is.

Sometimes farmers get parts of their land expropriated when governments duly elected by its citizens deem it necessary to do. Yes it is tough on the particular farmer involved but I would hardly call it racism. You don't like it change the government but I don't see anything like that happening in BC for a long time to come.

kropotkin1951

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Governments sometimes need to move on issues although painful to a few, when it is in the public good, which site C is.

Yes having your constitutional rights stripped away is often painful. Since Charter rights primarily affect minority rights I guess all Charter groups are vulnerable to your doctrine.

Besides for the "minor"issue of denying First Nations rights the fact is that Site C is not in the public interest. Given the rapid onset of real climate change events we need to preserve our water and farmland not flood it and frack it.

Centrist

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People are fighting the wrong enemy, and that is why Site C is going ahead as it has the support of BC citizens The real enemy is coal

NR, you've always had some pretty good political instincts and I tend to agree with you. In that vein, on Wednesday, Abacus Data released opinion poll results (telephone poll) on the Site C dam and here are their findings:

 

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SUPPORT FOR SITE C REMAINS BROAD

June 8, 2016

A new Abacus Data poll shows that a large majority of residents of British Columbia support or say they can accept BC Hydro’s Site C Clean Energy Project, which began construction last year.

The province-wide poll found:
• Awareness of the Site C project has reached a new high of 77% across the province and is stable at 90% in the north/northeast region.

• Across the province 73% either support Site C (49%) or can support it under certain circumstances (24%), while 25% oppose the project.

Public inclination to support the project is tied to a broad view that the province will need more power in the future (89%) and that a new hydro electric dam is one of the better ways to generate that power.

Support for this project is also dependent on public confidence that parallel efforts are made to promote conservation, that the project goes through a thorough and independent environmental review, and that efforts are made to listen and respond to local impact concerns.

Majorities of those surveyed continue to feel that these conditions are being met as this project has moved forward.

According to Bruce Anderson, Chairman of Abacus Data, who designed and analyzed the poll:

“Any major project of this sort will encounter healthy public scrutiny and debate, and it’s not unusual to see growing resistance as these debates evolve. Given this, what stands out for me is the fact that people broadly believe that more power will be needed and that a new dam is probably one of the best ways to meet growing demand.

It’s not that people don’t have any anxieties about the impacts of this project, but that a better alternative is not obvious, and a certain degree of comfort has developed that this project is being handled with appropriate diligence.”

http://abacusdata.ca/support-for-site-c-remains-broad/#sthash.WddHGUQX.dpuf

 

iyraste1313

SUPPORT FOR SITE C REMAINS BROAD...

yes and support for Hitler´s Reich likewise was high...can´t you get it? The media is brainwashing people. The destruction of an autonomous people is a crime against humanity, period! Do you not think these scenarios are comparable, the destruction of a People, their way of life, their health, their right to exist!

Are people here supporting such crimes? Unbelievable!

And the destruction of perhaps the most fertile agricultural area outside the Fraser Valley basin, the breadbasket for the BC Interior?

Do you really think the supermarket supplies come from another planet? We are poisoning the Earth, its soils and waterways, destroying our forests creating the potential for scarcity of water for irrigation.....Isn´t the right to food security a primary focus of the Universal declaration of Human Rights? Unbelievable!

NorthReport

Work seem to be progressing at a more rapid pace now at Site C all timed beautifully for the 2017 BC election.

And with the announcement of the new Argle High School in North Vancouver, the Massey Tunnel replacement bridge, and the coming LNG fake to the voters, BC Liberals appear to be sitting pretty. All the ducks are lining up in a row and it will just a matter of counting the ballots next May.

Site C Schedule For June 13th to 26th

http://energeticcity.ca/article/news/2016/06/10/site-c-schedule-june-13t...

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no shit. they've admitted we don't even need the fkn hydro.

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SUPPORT FOR SITE C REMAINS BROAD

June 8, 2016

A new Abacus Data poll shows that a large majority of residents of British Columbia support or say they can accept BC Hydro’s Site C Clean Energy Project, which began construction last year.

The province-wide poll found:
• Awareness of the Site C project has reached a new high of 77% across the province and is stable at 90% in the north/northeast region.

• Across the province 73% either support Site C (49%) or can support it under certain circumstances (24%), while 25% oppose the project.

http://abacusdata.ca/support-for-site-c-remains-broad/#sthash.WddHGUQX.dpuf

What BC Hydro is Hiding in its Misleading Site C Poll

In polling released by BC Hydro last week, the public power utility touts “broad” support for its controversial Site C dam — a mega hydro dam on the Peace River that would flood 107 kilometres of river valley, forcing farmers and First Nations off their land.

Hydro must have been counting on nobody taking a close look at the questions they asked respondents, because not only are they misleading, but they also tell another story entirely.

Let’s first address a glaring problem with the questions themselves: polling company Abacus Data began by asking British Columbians a multiple choice question about how to meet “increasing electricity demand.” 

There’s just one problem: B.C. does not have increasing electricity demand. In fact, electricity demand in B.C. has remained basically flat since 2005. But no, the pollster told all 1,000 telephone respondents that electricity demand is rising and we must meet it somehow.

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Opposition to Site C Dam Has Doubled Since 2013

Now, for the results themselves. While BC Hydro would like you to focus on awareness reaching a new high (77 per cent) and 73 per cent of British Columbians saying that they either support or can support Site C under certain circumstances, the trends tell a different story.

Between 2013 and 2016, awareness of the project grew from 41 per cent to 77 per cent. During that same period of time, opposition to the dam nearly doubled, growing from 13 per cent to 24 per cent. In other words, the more people who learn about the dam, the more opposition increases — that’s not a super positive trend-line for a project that is only six months into eight years of construction.

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Federal Investigation Finds Site C Air Quality Monitors Turned Off

To celebrate Clean Air Day, June 8, the B.C. Government issued a press release celebrating the province’s air quality in the Peace region, home to extensive natural gas operations and Site C dam construction.

The press release, which praises the “successful partnership to ensure continued clean air in the Peace region,” came on the heels of a federal warning issued to BC Hydro for failing to turn on air quality monitors near Site C dam construction.

Federal investigators with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) discovered monitors near Site C operations, which measure total suspended particulates, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide were not collecting any data.

CEAA compliance and enforcement chief Michel Vitou issued a warning letter to BC Hydro on May 26, saying the crown corporation “has been unable to monitor air quality effects in order to inform the appropriate authorities of exceedance of federal and provincial air quality standards.”

Vitou said he inspected the location of Site C construction from April 26-29 and discovered “none of the air quality monitors [were] currently collecting data.”

NorthReport

With the influx of new people and new businesses moving to BC It's hard to believe demand for power in BC remains flat

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Federal investigators with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) discovered monitors near Site C operations, which measure total suspended particulates, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide were not collecting any data.

Fortunate for the environment that these emissions from construction would be all but undetectable in the face of one forest fire upwind of the site... The emissions from heavy construction are miniscule compared to those created by natural fires.

Did you know that Kilauea (the volcano on Hawai'i), emits more SO2 every day than ALL of the refineries and coal fired power plants in America?

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It does appear though that Alberta is leading the way in solar power projects in Canada and it is unfortunate that a wind energy project slated for Van Isle has been shelved in BC

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Elko Redevelopment Project

Overview

The Elko Dam & Generating Station, owned and operated by BC Hydro, is located on the Elk River in the southeast corner of British Columbia approximately 60 km southeast of Cranbrook and 25 km south of Fernie. The Elko Dam & Generating Station was completed in 1925 by the East Kootenay Power Company and was acquired by BC Hydro in 1968.

The Elko Dam & Generating Station contains two vertical axis Francis turbines with a combined design output of 12 MW and licensed flow capacity of 25.5 m³/s. The gross head developed by the Elko facility is approximately 65 metres and the mean annual discharge for the Elk River at Elko Dam is 61 m³/s.

While improvements have been made to the facility, some of the major equipment is original and reaching end of service life.

In 2014, BC Hydro asked Columbia Power Corporation (Columbia Power) to conduct a study of the options for the Elko Dam & Generating Station. BC Hydro and Columbia Power are currently analyzing the results of the study.

Project Update

After analyzing the results of the Elko Dam & Generating Station study, the option that has been selected is deferral of the project. Deferral was selected as BC Hydro determined that, based on current forecasts, it will not have an energy need when the project was scheduled to come into service.

In the future, when there is a need for additional energy, and as part of BC Hydro’s Integrated Resource Plan process, the redevelopment options for the Elko facility will be revisited.

BC Hydro will continue to operate the Elko dam and spillway and ensure the facility is maintained to mitigate any safety or environmental concerns.

NorthReport

There is one overriding reason why big governments in Canada can do pretty much whatever they want to do in Canada There is no comparable organization in Canada to the Ralph Nadar organization in the USA and unfortunately the main reason for the failure in Canada is big egos but of course no one wants to discuss that

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BC Hydro Tells Farmers Fighting Site C Dam to Vacate Property By Christmas

Peace Valley farmers and outspoken critics of the Site C dam Ken and Arlene Boon say BC Hydro intends to force them from their third-generation family farm by the end of this year even though the dam would not flood their land until 2024.

The Boons received the unexpected news from their lawyer, following a conversation the lawyer had with officials from BC Hydro’s Properties division.

“It was a shocker,” Ken Boon, says. “We didn’t know they wanted us out by Christmas.”

Boon says if they refuse to sell their farm to BC Hydro it will be expropriated for the “re-alignment” of Highway 29 away from the Site C flood zone, a two-year construction project that BC Hydro says must begin in 2017.  

For reasons that have never been explained to the Boons’ satisfaction, BC Hydro intends to route the new highway right through the couples’ farm buildings and home. The highway would also destroy a renovated log house where Arlene’s 81-year-old mother lives.

“Why are we discussing the highway relocation in year one of a nine year project?” asks Arlene Boon....

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epaulo

Did you see the following article as its reasoning would appear to have a much better chance of stopping Site C than any of the other reasons?

 

http://vancouversun.com/opinion/opinion-site-c-truly-awful-economics

NorthReport

But then I just saw this!

I just can't believe there is not increased demand for power in BC, but perhaps that demand is being looked after by all the run-of-the-river projects that the BC Liberals approved proably to payback their election donors, eh! 

Justin Trudeau 'open' to $1-billion B.C. power line into Alberta

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/justin-trudeau-open-to-1-billion...

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Blueberry River First Nations - Industrial Development Change Over Time

This time-lapse map shows oil and gas development on Blueberry River First Nations Traditional Territory since 1950.

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NorthReport wrote:

epaulo

Did you see the following article as its reasoning would appear to have a much better chance of stopping Site C than any of the other reasons?

 

http://vancouversun.com/opinion/opinion-site-c-truly-awful-economics

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..the reporting on site c as a financial disaster has been going on for years. where i believe the project has the best chance of being stopped is the blueberry river first nations' lawsuit. it has yet to go before the courts.

Blueberry River First Nations sues Province of BC for breach of Treaty 8

Blueberry River First Nations has filed a ground breaking lawsuit in BC Supreme Court, suing the Province for breach of Treaty 8 due to the unprecedented industrial disturbance in Blueberry's territory that means they can no longer practice their way of life. This suit puts into question future development in the Northeast, including the Site C dam and natural gas extraction required to feed BC's burgeoning LNG industry.

This marks the first lawsuit regarding the Province's breach of Treaty 8 on the basis of the cumulative impacts of development. 

In 1900 Blueberry's ancestors signed Treaty 8, agreeing to open their lands in exchange for the promise that they would be able to practice their way of life as if they never entered treaty, amongst other things. At the time of signing the treaty Blueberry's ancestors were free to hunt, trap, fish, and gather traditional plants and resources throughout their lands, sustaining a vibrant society. This is no longer the case....

iyraste1313

Blueberry River First Nations has filed a ground breaking lawsuit in BC Supreme Court....

While I may wish the BLueberry Nation all the best, let`s not kid ourselves, with any partiality of the BC Courts....

What is needed is the process of international law called Popular Consultation, backed by a host of jurisprudence internationally...why the Treaty 8 People are shooting themselves in the foot, is beyond me...Their rights are being grossly violated. Why haven`t they called in the Special Prosecutor for Indigenous matters for North America to initiate the Popular Consultation process??

What`s most galling to me is why in these threads, people are permitted to promote such gross violations...imagine if someone started talking about the need to rape to guarantee better GNP growth?

Not comparable? Why do we permit such fundamental racism?

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..the un is already involved in the project. there is no magic bullet and i believe first nations know best how to proceed.

United Nations raises concerns about impact of tar sands and Site C dam

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The Peace–Athabasca Delta is the largest freshwater inland river delta in the world. It is located partially within the southeast corner of Wood Buffalo National Park. The delta is formed where the Peace and Athabasca rivers converge on the Slave River and Lake Athabasca. In 1983, Peace–Athabasca Delta was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its biological diversity and for the population of wild bison. The previous year the region had also been designated by the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty of 169 countries, as a wetland of international importance.

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