Waiting for another dam decision

Re: 'Concerns over Site C hauling plan', Alaska Highway News, Jan. 12, 2021

As we await the public release (or not?) of the Milburn report on Site C, and the promised new decision by the Horgan government, more problems are coming to light with this secretive project.

The latest revelation is the need to have 122 loaded trucks per hour on public roads to replace the expensive but failed conveyor belt system.

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This is a very expensive and carbon intensive addition to an already over budget project that will require an amendment to the project certificate.

Meanwhile, the geotechnical problems with the dam foundations may simply make the project unbuildable or unsafe.

The cost of continuing with Site C are unacceptable, and so are the geotechnical risks.

No matter what happens now, this project is a disaster, but the best decision, and indeed maybe the only one possible, is for government to scrap the dam.

— Ken Boon, Bear Flat

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