Tag Archives: IPPs in BC

Conversation With Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island

The ECOreport publishes a Conversation With Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island, about the upcoming election

By Roy L Hales

With British Columbia’s provincial election approaching, I decided to interview the candidates in my riding. Dallas Smith, who is attempting to capture this seat for the BC Liberals, has yet to respond to my emails. Green candidate Sue Moen and I will be talking soon. My conversation with Claire Trevena, MLA for Island North, took place on a bench overlooking the wharves at Heriot Bay, on Quadra Island.
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Who Really Killed BC Hydro?

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED by one of British Columbia’s most thought provoking former provincial cabinet ministers: Who Really Killed BC Hydro?

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Rafe Mair

This is the story of the death of our province’s once greatest institution, BC Hydro. Though the public power utility began its life under Socred Premier WAC Bennett in 1961, the story of its demise starts circa 2001, under the newly-minted Liberal administration of Gordon Campbell.

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How Woodfibre LNG Illustrates What This Election Is About

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has been a year since Propeller Strategy drew up a declaration opposing the proposed Woodfibre LNG plant and LNG tanker traffic in Howe Sound. The key phrase is “I reject the proposed project until government and industry can provide clear information, science and assurance that I can trust, along with a meaningful, citizen-based, decision-making process.” The picture at the top of this page illustrates one of the key issues. LNG tankers would be p[ass at is a public beach. This project ignores the recommended distances between the tanker and shore, set out by the industry’s own organization, the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO). Propeller Strategy has been questioning the candidates through-out this election and their most recent survey shows how Woodfibre LNG illustrates what this election is about.

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Stop Doing Environmental Assessments

Editor’s Note: Rafe Mair says the Canadian government could save a lot of money if it were more honest. Forget the lavish pretense, stop doing environmental assessments. (To which I would add, or else set up a system that actually did environmental assessments.)

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Rafe Mayer

Do you enjoy being a raw hypocrite?

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A Veritable Paroxysm Upon The Land

The Rise of IPPPs in British Columbia

Originally Published on Pique

By Leslie Anthony

Imagine the Sea to Sky corridor as a scene of widespread destruction, trees levelled in every direction, piled helter-skelter as if vast swaths of forest had been taken out by the sweep of a giant’s hand, and with steep mountainsides below magnificent peaks, formerly green, now scarred brown by rockfall and displaced soil, tell-tale clouds of dust hanging in the air. A veritable paroxysm upon the land.
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Do We Need the Narrows Inlet Power Project?

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMWhen BC canceled or deferred 19 independent power contracts last August, Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennet said, ‘If we don’t need to buy this electricity right now or within the next couple of years, it seems the right thing to do for ratepayers is not buy it.” So why has the Government issued a conditional Environmental Assessment Certificate for the Narrows Inlet Hydro Project?
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Does BC Really Need a “Fracking” Dam on Site C?

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMOne of the first questions that needs to be addressed, in regard to the proposed dam at site C on the Peace river, is why BC needs to be embark upon a $7.9 billion project at this time.
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Wilderness Committee Calls On BC Government To Axe Site C And Private Power

Cancelling Site C and all unbuilt IPPs would save ratepayers tens of billions of dollars

 From the Wilderness Committee

VANCOUVER – The Wilderness Committee responded today to the BC government’s newly announced 10-year plan for BC Hydro, which includes rate hikes of 28 per cent over five years, by demanding that the BC government step away from environmentally damaging and financially costly hydro projects including the proposed Site C mega-dam and all unbuilt independent power projects (IPPs).
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