The Site C Dam on the Peace River has in no way been taken as a serious concern by some stakeholders, our government or BC Hydro. The clock is ticking toward decision time and much is at stake – environmentally, safety-wise and cost (in dollars and priceless farmlands).
I did write to Prime Minister Harper in July of this year, with concerns regarding Site C Dam, which he responded to in August. The same letter was also sent to the Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent, with a similar response, which were neither positive nor negative regarding the proposed dam.
I have since responded on behalf of the Peace Valley Environment Association, of which I am a director, and invited both the Prime Minister and environment minister to come and see and meet the people who truly believe this proposed Site C Dam must not happen, reiterating again the beautiful Peace River Valley that is proposed to be flooded, resulting in the devastation of precious farmlands with a unique growing climate, people’s homes and livelihoods, loss of wildlife habitat and heritage grounds, interruption of the Yellowstone to Yukon corridor for migratory wildlife, flooding of tributaries, destruction of old growth woodlands and drowning of much wildlife. The list is endless.
During the writing of this letter, the word safety has become a serious issue for many, with the large earthquake off the coast of B.C. with a 7.7 magnitude. We know there are major earth fault lines off the coast and under land of B.C.
In fact, hearing a seismologist on CBC radio from Victoria explaining the making of earthquakes, Site C has to come into question on this issue alone. It was stated that the British Columbia coastline is the third most vulnerable place in the world for powerful earthquakes. As there is a fault line beneath the WAC Bennett Dam, just several hundred miles east of this recent earthquake, no more dam building should ever be considered in this unsafe area. The force of nature is too great.
The slogan “safety first” must not be brushed aside. There are too many issues to ever build this Site C Dam.