I received this alert in my email from the Wilderness Committee to share:
Recently you may have read some of the news about the BC government’s poorly thought out plan to build a hugely expensive hydro dam across the Peace River near Fort Saint John.
It’s shocking that the Site C Dam project is still being considered, given that newspapers are reporting that BC Hydro already produces more power that we can use or even give away—and that bad decisions in Victoria have put BC Hydro massively in debt. BC Hydro could be looking at a tripling of family power bills in the coming years, even without building the $10 billion Site C Dam. If this dam gets built, BC Hydro’s debt will be well on its way to surpassing the entire provincial debt!
The environmental impacts of building the Site C Dam would be immediate and extensive. More farmland would be deleted from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) than at any other time in its history. Wildlife wintering grounds would be lost, and what is now a green oasis surrounded by the region’s oil and gas industry would be drowned under a backed-up reservoir of water stretching 100 kilometres up the valley and tributaries.
These are sobering facts. But I believe we are well on our way to winning the campaign to save the Peace River Valley by stopping the Site C Dam. That’s because this ill-conceived project is also highly unpopular, both in the north and the south of the province. And as more information comes out about Victoria’s mismanagement of BC Hydro, British Columbians are getting furious and are determined to stop Site C.
Right now the provincial and federal governments are conducting an environmental review of the proposed Site C Dam project. They have announced a public comment period and want to know what you think about BC Hydro’s Environmental Impact Statement Report. I am asking you to go to our letter writing tool now to register your opinion about the proposed Site C Dam Project. Please take the time to write a short, personalized letter. Together we can save the Peace River Valley and stop the Site C Dam.
Joe Foy | National Campaign Director
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This is the letter writing page info:
Write Wild: Save the Peace River Valley – Stop the Site C Dam!
Submitted by alexis on Fri, 02/15/2013 – 01:42
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Site C Dam has recently been released by BC Hydro. This document is supposed to provide an analysis of the potential environmental, economic, social, health and heritage effects of the proposed Site C Dam project, as well as measures to mitigate those impacts.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and their provincial counterparts are currently holding a 60-day public review process that will end April 4, 2013. This process gives you an opportunity to comment on the proposed dam project.
Let’s use this opportunity to say NO to the Site C Dam.
Please use the letter-writing tool below to write a personalized comment to submit to the Environmental Assessment Agency. A copy of your letter will be sent to Premier Christy Clark and to the Official Leader of the Opposition, Adrian Dix. Your comment will be posted on the Environmental Assessment Agency’s website, so please keep them respectful.
WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR PERSONALIZED COMMENT, PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME AND CITY OF RESIDENCE
Here is my letter:
Linda Jones, Panel Manager
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
22nd Floor, 160 Elgin Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
CC: BC Premier Christy Clark
BC Official Leader of the Opposition Adrian Dix
RE: Site C Dam – Public Comment on Environmental Impact Statement
I am concerned about this important and potentially devastating environmental risk. Please take time to consider the following points:
•If the Site C Dam is built, at least 3,800 hectares of agricultural land would be lost to flooding.
•Residents are concerned that the steep and unstable river banks of the Peace Valley will continuously slide into the reservoir, causing more and more damage each year.
- •BC Hydro is publicly stating that the Site C Dam would cost $7.9 billion to construct—but it is widely understood that the dam’s construction costs would likely balloon to more than $10 billion due to the unstable ground around the dam and reservoir site.
- •BC Hydro is predicted to lose $1 billion over the next four years, partly because the province has signed so many contracts with private power producers that BC Hydro has a surplus of expensive power that they can’t use and can only sell at a loss.
- •BC Hydro’s future forecasts of power needs are based on selling electricity to the oil and gas industry, for the production of energy-intensive products like liquefied natural gas (LNG). However, unless the industry is given highly subsidized rates they may not use as much, if any, of the power provided by Site C—leaving BC with an even bigger surplus of expensive energy that we can’t use or even give away
Thank you for taking the time to consider my request that you say NO to the Site C Dam and Yes to saving the environment.
Today’s “stone” is Day 50 deep freeze overnight, slippery paths, brrr but wow