Tag Archives: Joint Review Panel

Why Do the Liberals Push Site C?

Given that we do not need the energy, the environmental damages are enormous and we appear to be breaking a treaty, the ECOreport asks: “Why Do the Liberals Push Site C?”

(Originally Published Feb 28, additional information added under “SNC Lavalin” on March 5, 2015)

By Roy L Hales

According to a recent report from the University of British Columbia, “Site C has more significant adverse environmental effects than any project ever reviewed under the history of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, including impacts on dozens of species, aquatics, vegetation, wildlife, Aboriginal use of lands and resources, and cultural heritage.” The British Columbian and Canadian governments are most likely breaking treaty #8, which gave local first nations usage of the land that will be submerged. BC Hydro has not properly evaluated less destructive, and far less expensive, alternatives like geothermal energy.  We won’t need the power for decades, if ever. Yet retiring Energy Minister Bill Bennett says “Site C is probably the most important thing” he has been associated with and Premier Christy Clark vows to push this project beyond the point where a future government could reverse her decision. So why do the Liberals push Site C?

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Province’s Alleged Misconduct Prompts Another Lawsuit

The ECOreport reposts news from Site C, where the province’s alleged misconduct prompts another lawsuit

Originally Published on Sierra Club BC

VICTORIA——Sierra Club BC and environmentalist Josette Wier filed a petition for judicial review today in the Supreme Court of British Columbia seeking a declaration that the Province unlawfully authorized BC Hydro to remove amphibians from their habitat along the Peace River knowing that the Province lacked the legislative authority to do so.

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BC Hydro Criticizes Royal Society Of Canada

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed responding to attacks on the Site C Dam Project, BC Hydro criticizes Royal Society of Canada

Originally Published on BC Hydro

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro provided a response today to a statement by the Royal Society of Canada1   about Site C.

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  1. This appears to be incorrect, the joint statement in question was from 250 professors, whose names are listed here, and endorsed by the Royal Society of Canada – editor

Poll Finds Opposition To Site C Growing

The ECOreport looks at how even though the information is manipulated, a Poll Finds Opposition to Site C growing

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1More than 1,000 British Columbians participated what appears to be more off a spin exercise than a “poll.” Though critics constantly point to the lack of need, respondents to the BC Hydro commissioned survey were asked if they supported the dam “to help meet the rising demand for electricity in B.C.” Despite this, unconditional support for the controversial project has dropped to 49%. The poll finds opposition to Site C growing.

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250 Canadian Professors Speak Out Against Site C

The ECOreport reposts press release in which More Than 250 Canadian Professors Speak Out Against Site C

Press Release By Concerned Scientists

More than 250 prominent university professors from across Canada, including legal scholars, political scientists, water scientists, and environmental scientists, released a statement of concern regarding Site C, a hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia. A letter supporting the concerns raised by this group has been issued by the President of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Environmental Degradation At Site C

A public letter from Ken and Arlene Boon regarding BC Hydo’s alleged improper conduct and the resulting environmental degradation at Site C

November 17, 2015
Environmental Assessment Office
Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Re: Cananadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Site C Energy Project. Reference #63919

BC Hydro has recently given a media tour and report to highlight the first 100 days of work on the Site C Dam project.  Media reported on what they were shown, which included decks of wood that Fort St. John mills are expected to be able to handle, and piles of debris that will be burned or mulched.  They also were shown camp construction and talked with a happy worker who somehow thought that building Site C would result in “a lot less footprint than other options.”  However, there are issues that are not in view of the general public and need to be addressed.

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No Judicial Review of Site C’s Approval

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A Federal judge dismissed the Peace River Landowners Association’s (PVLA) application for a judicial review of the Canadian government’s decision granting environmental approval for the controversial Site C dam project. There will be no Judicial Review of Site C’s approval.

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How Is Proceeding With Site C Not Breaking A Treaty?

The Growing Opposition to “An Ill Considered Project” 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has been eight days since the RCMP gunned down a demonstrator in Dawson Creek. According to the Independent Investigations Office, he “approached officers in an aggressive manner and when he did not comply with directions and commands, he was shot.” It is the latest in a series of  actions, which appear to have began with the BC government’s decision to break Treaty #8. Though this aspect of the project is not often talked about, the terms of the treaty seem clear. First Nations were to have use of the lands about to be submerged as long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the river flows. So how is proceeding with Site C not breaking a treaty?

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Calling For A 2-Year Moratorium On Site C

As the launch of this years Paddle for the Peace gets closer, Organizers note the opposition is growing. The Greater Vancouver Regional District Board, representing 2.5 million, joined those calling for a 2-year moratorium on Site C.

Press release From The Wilderness Committee

Hundreds of people in canoes, kayaks and other watercraft will float down the Peace River July 11 to protest the imminent construction of the Site C dam. The $9 billion dam, approved by the B.C. government last December, would flood more than 100 kilometres of the Peace River and its tributaries, forcing farmers, ranchers and other families from their homes.

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Approvals of the Northern Gateway PIpeline Project have no Legal Merit

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Ecojustice is going back to court again. They have taken the position that the Federal and National Energy Board approvals of the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project have no legal merit.
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