A reader’s message mentioned his concern that Site C discourages BC from adopting onshore and offshore wind, solar, and geothermal sources of energy. He believes these could lower the cost of home electricity and thereby encourage British Columbians to replace natural gas as fuel for appliances and home heating. Expensive power from private producers and Site C does the opposite.
The reader asked what I might say to an NDP MLA about Site C. What follows is the gist of my response.
I visited the Peace River valley and noted instability of lands bordering the river. Evidence of frequent slides is apparent. Even to an inexpert observer, it seemed the wrong place to construct a dam. That observation is now proven by geotechnical problems that will result in electricity from Site C being about the most expensive power from any large-scale generating facility in the world.
I talked to many long-time northeast BC residents, including farmers who have lived on and worked the land for decades. BC Hydro has done much to inhibit farming activities in the area to be flooded. They prevented or discouraged use so that they could say those places had little agricultural value. Instead of celebrating unique growing capabilities of the Peace River valley, the province contemns it.
I talked with an observer of BC Hydro’s archaeological examinations in the future reservoir. She said teams consciously looked at places that were unlikely to reveal evidence of Indigenous culture and avoided spots where artifacts would be expected.
This project disrespects First Nations people whose ancestors have occupied the region for centuries. I remain astounded at NDP hypocrisy when they express affinity with Indigenous folks by opening meetings with acknowledgments of unceded territory. Of course, those are hollow statements made without cost. It would be braver to say the same thing while standing before the West Moberly First Nation on land soon to be flooded.
Beyond the environmental and human costs of Site C, the project is simply uneconomic when compared to alternatives. I’ve written much about that at IN-SIGHTS.
Site C is a project built on lies. Lies about demand for electricity, lies about the viability of Site C, lies about the project’s output being green energy, and lies about alternatives being unsuitable and more expensive.
Those untruths are fostered by people gaining financially from Site C, including BCNDP insiders.
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