Ben Parfitt and Stewart Phillip
The Site C dam has been approved, but major construction has yet to begin. B.C HYDRO / PNG

At a projected cost of $8.8 billon, the approved but yet-to-be-built Site C dam is the single most expensive public infrastructure project in B.C.’s history.

However, far more is at stake than just our pocketbooks when assessing the costs of Site C. So before returning to the appalling economics behind the project, consider the following:

Chief Roland Willson

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Subject: FW: AN Op-ed regarding Senator Neufleds comments
Importance: High


Silence on Site C a Disgraceful Double Standard


Mark Hume

Published Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 12:01AM EST

More than 1,000 early-career scientists from across Canada have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and key members of his cabinet urging the government to do a better job of assessing the environmental impacts of developments.

The scientists say they are “concerned that current environmental assessments and regulatory decision-making processes lack scientific rigour,” and that the health of Canadians and the environment are being put at risk.

Mark Hume

Former New Democratic premier Mike Harcourt has called on the NDP to cancel the $9-billion Site C hydroelectric project if his old party defeats the Liberal government in the provincial election next spring.

Speaking at a clean-energy conference on Monday in Vancouver, Mr. Harcourt, who gave up his party membership after the NDP blew the 2013 election, said the dam project on the Peace River is damaging environmentally and economically and fails to respect First Nations rights.

Peter O'Neil

[Webpage editor's note: Sharing energy infastructure for greater efficiency of supply is good, but not as part of expanding environmentally-destructive projects (like Site C) in order to power other environmentally destructive projects (like the tar sands).]


Nov 5, 2016 - The Trudeau government has sent a “quite positive” signal that it is prepared to help finance a new transmission link to ship clean B.C. hydroelectric power to Alberta, according to provincial energy minister Bill Bennett.

Daphne Bramham

For weeks a lot of international attention has been focused on North Dakota, where hundreds of protesters backed by more than 1.4 million online supporters are supporting the Sioux’s bid to stop construction of a pipeline.

Arrests, tear gas, violence and even a herd of buffalo showing up may be the reasons behind the global interest. Because if the news hook is indigenous people defending their land from the impacts of resource development, there’s a much bigger story in northeast B.C.

Charles Komanoff

[Webpage editor: The author below is not happy with a recent negative report (see here) about BC's carbon tax. A proposed carbon tax in neighbouring Washington has divided environmentalists in that state.


Download this Nov 2016 report by the Iron and Earth organization of tradesworkers in Alberta from their web page.

David P. Ball
Construction continues on the Site C Clean Energy Project, pictured here in July, an estimated $9-billion hydroelectric dam that BC Hydro says will provide enough electricity to power 450,000 homes and provide years of employment until its completion in 2024.

A judge has dealt a blow to two northern British Columbia First Nations who hoped to challenge the province’s approval of the $9-billion Site C dam.

West Moberly First Nations and Prophet River First Nation have launched several challenges in both provincial and federal courts against a project that would flood nearly 10,000 hectares of their traditional territories. Both argued the province failed to consult them as required.


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