The ECOreport contributor Andrea Morison, Coordinator of the Peace Valley Environment Association, explains why the battle to stop Site C Dam is far from over.
By Andrea Morison
On December 16, 2014, the premier of British Columbia announced that the province is ready to proceed with the controversial Site C dam project on the Peace River in northeast BC. However, the premier’s enthusiasm for the project is not shared by many, including 3 groups who have launched a total of 6 court challenges against it. The battle to stop Site C Dam is far from over.
Continue reading The Battle to stop Site C Dam is far from over
From the David Suzuki Foundation
By David Suzuki
B.C. First Nations chiefs recently travelled to Ottawa to urge the federal government to pull the plug on the costliest infrastructure project in the country. At an estimated $7.9 billion and growing, the proposed Site C Dam on the beautiful Peace River in northeastern B.C. has been criticized for spiralling costs, questions about whether the electricity it would produce is even needed, and concerns about the environmental and social impacts of flooding thousands of hectares of prime farmland, irreplaceable cultural sites and wildlife habitat. The government is expected to make a decision in October.
Continue reading Site C proposal puts treaty commitments to the test
By Roy L Hales
There were two LNG conferences this week. BC’s Premier, Christy Clark, brought several of her key ministers to a three day event at Vancouver’s Convention Centre May 21-23. Sixteen First nation’s companies were among the 200 exhibitors. There were 1,400 delegates from the World’s top LNG producers. Shell, Chevron and Malaysia’s state owned Petronas were all present. This was a sold out business event. Christy Clark’s LNG Conference was shadowed by BC’s opposition, some of whom held their own conference at SFU’s Harbour Centre. Continue reading Christy Clark’s LNG Conference Shadowed By BC’s Opposition
By Roy L Hales
BC took another step towards Premier Christy Clark’s goal of developing a $1 trillion dollar LNG industry yesterday.
Continue reading BC Gets Set to Cash in on a Trillion Dollar Fracking Opportunity, or Not?
By Roy L Hales
The First Nations that signed treaty #8, in 1914, were promised the right to continue with their traditional way of life “for as long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the rivers flow.” The antiquity of their presence site is evidenced by prehistoric chert arrowheads, burials and local tradition. It has continued into modern times as a summer gathering place. When BC Hydro dams the Peace River, on site C, they will be taking away lands on which these people have hunted, fished and gathered their traditional medicine plants. Of Course a century ago no one knew that this could become one of the most promising liquid natural gas fields in the world.
Continue reading BC: Site C, “As long as the Sun Shines, the Grass Grows & the Rivers Flow”