Work camp for the Site C dam is a self-contained town called Two Rivers Lodge, with restaurant, theatre, lounge, gym, yoga studio and hair salon. The camp is budgeted at $470 million to build and operate. (BC Hydro)

Site C review begins province-wide hearings

Horgan wants independent report on whether to keep building dam

The B.C. Utilities Commission is expected to issue a preliminary report on the $8.8 billion Site C dam project today, as it begins hearings around the province on the third dam on the Peace River.

Site C has been under construction for two years, currently employing more than 2,000 people for the early stages of the most expensive construction project in B.C. history.

Energy Minister Michelle Mungall said Wednesday she expects the BCUC to release its report by the end of the day, as per the deadline given by the NDP government that was widely criticized as arbitrary and too short. A ministry spokesperson said the report isn’t expected until after business hours.

Mungall said she will not see the preliminary report until it is public and the decision on the fate of the dam will be made once the consultation is over.

The dam was a key issue in the May election, with former premier Christy Clark’s government signing major construction contracts in an effort to get the project past the point of no return. Premier John Horgan ordered the review immediately on forming a minority government, directing the BCUC to make recommendations whether to proceed, pause or pull the plug by Nov. 1.

Public input sessions begin Sept. 23 in Vancouver, with sessions in Kamloops, Kelowna, Nelson, Prince George, Hudson’s Hope and Fort St. John. The last hearings are set for Nanaimo Oct. 10 and Victoria Oct. 11.


@tomfletcherbc
tfletcher@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Nearly 25,000 people cast ballots in Chilliwack

Turnout 10,000 votes higher than in 2014

Popove pledges to work hard as new mayor of Chilliwack

Ken Popove to take the helm from incumbent Sharon Gaetz

Chilliwack school board results reveal clear split

Incumbents Dan Coulter, Heather Maahs and Barry Neufeld join four new board members

Popove elected mayor in Chilliwack

Gaetz second, Waddington third; new faces on city council

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Three strong earthquakes reported off Vancouver Island

The quakes, all measuring more than 6.0 on the richter scale, were about 260 kilometres west of Tofino

Fraser Valley man dead after head on crash in Okanagan

Accident occurred at about 7:35 a.m.

B.C. oncologist changing the face of breast cancer treatment

Dr. Juanita Crook, a Kelowna oncologist, has seen 100 per cent success using brachytherapy to treat breast cancer in some patients.

Newly-elected Lower Mainland mayor won’t drink his city’s tap water

White Rock’s Darryl Walker is concerned about its quality

Kennedy Stewart challenged with building bridges as mayor of Vancouver: expert

The former NDP MP, who ran as an Independent, will lead 10 councillors divided across four parties

B.C. Youtuber to seal himself ‘in a jar’ to demonstrate impacts of climate change

Kurtis Baute wants to see how long he can last in a 1,000 cubic foot, air-tight greenhouse

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

The train was carrying more than 360 people

Scheer marks one-year countdown to federal election with campaign-style speech

Conservative Leader insists that it will be Justin Trudeau who ‘makes it personal’

Most Read