Energy

17/01/18
Author: 
Andrew Kurjata

Dam construction violates 1899 treaty and is unconstitutional, notice of civil claim says

Two First Nations in northeast B.C. have started legal action against the Site C dam, claiming its construction violates Treaty No. 8 signed 1899, as well as the Canadian Constitution.

In notices of civil claim filed Jan. 15, the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations say the mega-project will infringe on their treaty rights and "fails to uphold the Honour of the Crown."

17/01/18
Author: 
David Suzuki

JANUARY 17, 2018

Brazil has flooded large swaths of the Amazon for hydro dams, despite opposition from Indigenous Peoples, environmentalists and others. The country gets 70 per cent of its electricity from hydropower. Brazil’s government had plans to expand development, opening half the Amazon basin to hydro. But a surprising announcement could halt that.

17/01/18
Author: 
Seth Klein
Image: Premier John Horgan, with Ministers George Heyman (Environment and Climate Change) and Michelle Mungall (Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources), announces that the BC government will complete construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam. Source: Province of British Columbia / Flickr

Jan 16, 2018

There is no question that the new BC government’s decision to proceed with the Site C dam was a very difficult one. The previous government left them with a poison pill. With $2 billion already spent, the Horgan government faced a no-win choice, with substantial political and economic costs for either terminating or proceeding with what is one of the largest and most expensive capital projects in BC history. I don’t envy them.

But count me among those who believe the wrong decision was made.

16/01/18
Author: 
First Nations Leaders

(Fort St. John, B.C., Treaty 8 Territory, Jan 16, 2018) – The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations have filed notices of civil action alleging that the Site C hydroelectric project, together with the two previous dams on the Peace River, unjustifiably infringes their constitutional rights under Treaty 8, stating:  

15/01/18
Author: 
Andrew Nikiforuk

Every member of the B.C. Legislature should memorize the Iron Law of Megaprojects.  

The law applies to nine out of 10 megaprojects under construction in Canada or around the globe.

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It’s pretty damn simple: “Megaprojects will be over budget, over time, under benefits, over and over again.”

 

The unneeded Site C dam, the largest infrastructure project in the history of the province, proves the law and then some.

 

15/01/18
Author: 
Ken Boon
Ken Boon (left) attends a Site C open house in Fort St. John on July 9, 2015, at the Pomeroy Hotel. Photo By WILLIAM STODALKA

Jan. 10/18

It has been a month now since the BC government announced that Site C would continue. The accounting rationale used by Premier Horgan makes absolutely no sense in light of the findings from the recent BCUC review, and the much greater financial woes of continuing the project.

15/01/18
Author: 
Rita Wong

Premier Horgan announced in December that his government would proceed with the Site C dam, increasing its budget by more than 2 billion dollars despite having opposed it before.

13/01/18
Author: 
Peace Valley Landowner Association and the Peace Valley Solidarity Initiative

Subject: More BC Hydro Site C Cost Overruns in Run Up to January 26-27 Site C Summit in Victoria

 

06/01/18
Author: 
Andrew Nikiforuk

Six ways citizens can sway the government to reverse a disastrous decision.

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