Day for site C dam

Lester Mason
December 11, 2017

"The old government recklessly pushed Site C past the point of no return, committing billions of dollars to this project without appropriate planning and oversight".

B-C Hydro has said more than two thousand people are working on the dam, but the B-C Utilities Commission has determined the project is over budget and unlikely to be completed by 2024 as scheduled.

The province says the reasons it approved the dam was to minimize the impact on ratepayers and to preserve money for future capital projects.

If cancelled, he argued, "You're looking at a 10 per cent rate increase immediately", although dam opponents have also argued that proceding with the project would also lead to rate increases.

In a statement, the province said not moving forward with the project would have resulted in a $4-billion debt for BC Hydro users, with rate hikes or reduced funds for schools, hospitals and other infrastructure.

"We have to accept the situation as we find it, not how we wish it to be", said Horgan.

"Our priority as a government was to ensure that when we make a decision on this, it was consistent with our values".

The NDP cabinet has spent the last week in close consultation over a decision that - regardless of outcome - will surely anger many in British Columbia.

He blames the previous BC Liberal government for "megaproject mismanagement". "We can only make the best decision for the future".


"It gave us one choice - proceed".

If it's completed some time after its 2024 target, the 1,100-megawatt Site C hydroelectric dam would generate enough power for the equivalent of 450,000 homes.

"The magnitude of action that's necessary to achieve B.C.'s climate goals - which are, in turn, integral to Canada fulfilling its worldwide commitments under the Paris Agreement - can not be overstated".

Weaver takes issue with the NDP saying they are minimizing risk. It will contain project costs while adding benefits.

"Today, Site C is no longer simply a B.C. Liberal boondoggle - it has now become the B.C. NDP's project".

However, Horgan doesn't seem anxious that his party's decision today could break the NDP/Green alliance "I'm fairly confident [that] although Mr. Weaver and his colleagues disagree with us on this decision, that it won't have an impact on the long-term viability of the government".

"I would suggest a recall campaign in Nelson-Creston would be in order if Site C is approved on her watch as energy minister", he wrote Sunday morning on Twitter.

Weaver is holding a news conference this afternoon.

This is a developing news story and will be updated shortly.

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