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City of Richmond calls for moratorium on Site C

The council of B.C.’s fourth largest municipality has signed on to a call for a moratorium on the proposed Site C dam.

The council of B.C.’s fourth largest municipality has signed on to a call for a moratorium on the proposed Site C dam.

Last Thursday, the City of Richmond council agreed to write a letter to the province supporting a call from Hudson’s Hope for a moratorium on the dam, set to be built seven kilometres from Fort St. John.

In their letter, Hudson’s Hope calls for a one-year moratorium on the project and a construction delay of six months to allow for the project to be reviewed by the B.C. Utilities Commission.

This call has been rejected by Energy Minister Bill Bennett.

This letter seemed to strike a sympathetic chord with Richmond councillors.

Richmond Councillor Ken Johnston said that he thought the province would need more power for its growing population, but that he “(didn’t) know what the rush would be anyways.”

“I know they announced it would be ready to start in 2015, but with six court challenges before them, I don’t see how that’s feasible,” he said.

The “proof in the pudding” for Johnston was a recommendation from a provincial select standing finance committee asking for further fiscal environmental review of the dam.

It has been reported that the municipalities of Cumberland, Powell River, and Fernie have also signed to support Hudson’s Hope’s recommendation.

—   With files from Matthew Hoekstra, Richmond Review