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Letter to the editor: Working to reduce Site C impacts

BC Hydro responds to Old Fort concerns
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Construction of fish habitat next to the Old Fort community.

Re: Site C a 'horrible neighbour', Alaska Highway News, Aug. 12

Dear Editor,

I would like to take the opportunity to respond to the August 12 story about the Site C project and the concerns of Old Fort residents.

We recognize that dust has been a concern for residents recently, especially with nearby work taking place for fish habitat enhancement and the exceptionally dry conditions. Much of this work is expected to be complete this fall.

We can’t eliminate all the impacts from construction. However, we are working to reduce dust as much as possible. This includes increasing levels of dust suppression and targeting areas where dust is being generated. Since we met with the community last month, we have applied additional calcium to the roads and increased the frequency of watering trucks.

We’re working to improve compliance on the use of chains during winter. We have undertaken a number of awareness initiatives in past years, and, at our request, commercial vehicle safety officers have committed to working with us on a campaign this winter targeted at commercial trucks. This will include additional advertising, an electronic signboard for chain-up requirements and increased enforcement of snow chain usage on Old Fort Road.

The Site C project is currently at the peak of construction. At this time next year, we expect the earthfill dam to be substantially complete. By then, most of the earth moving activities on the project will be done.

Bob Gammer

Community Relations Manager, Site C

BC Hydro


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