Letters: Peace River dams should be kept safe from fracking

Re: 'Fracking poses risk to Peace River dams: CCPA', Alaska Highway News, Jan. 9, 2020

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released a report on how hydraulic fracturing and injection well activity is putting BC Hydro’s Peace River dams at risk.

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This report is based on “hundreds of emails, letters, memos and meeting notes" obtained through freedom of information laws.

Essentially, the B.C. government has literally permitted the oil and gas sector to come into conflict with our publicly-owned hydroelectric infrastructure. Both sectors are controlled by the Ministry of Energy and Mines.

Now, we have a complicated conflict of Peace region public safety versus provincial priorities versus corporate money.

Whether one supports the shale gas industry or not, this report sheds light on a safety issue for the region and downstream into Alberta. Action is required.

I encourage people to read the report and to voice their opinion. In our current climate of fake or “tribal” news sources, this report clearly lays out the timeline and content of communication that is indisputable.

Based on their findings, here is what the CCPA is calling for: 

“Fracking should be immediately banned close to BC Hydro’s two existing Peace River dams as well as the Site C dam construction project until a full public inquiry determines whether a comprehensive ban is warranted. The CCPA is also calling for BC Hydro to conduct an immediate threat assessment at the Peace Canyon Dam and undertake all necessary seismic upgrades."

Considering what's at stake, that seems like a reasonable request.

— Ken Boon, Bear Flat

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