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. Why do the Liberals push Site C?
On February 17, thermal coal was trading for $57.23. That’s a considerable drop from its $132 benchmark in 2011 and, as Clark Williams-Derry would say, the industry is now “territory reserved for risk-hungry financial speculators.” Not too long ago, there were plans to ship 80 million tons of coal through six terminals in Washington and Oregon. Now the number of proposed US ports has dropped to three and there are plans to transform BC’s Lower Mainland into North America’s #1 coal terminal. Continue reading BC Coal Plan in the Dust→