BCUC report shows that there is no justification for continuing with the Site C dam.
For years, opponents to Site C have been saying that the economics of the project just weren’t good. Now, the BCUC’s independent review has shown that:
- Site C will be behind schedule and well over budget (up to $10-12 billion total)
- BC Hydro’s load forecasts (how much energy they think we’ll need) are overly optimistic, meaning it’s unlikely we’ll even need Site C.
- If we do need more power, alternatives to Site C would cost the same or cheaper – even including the $1.8 billion cost to remediate the site.
It’s hard to look at those findings and argue that a fiscally responsible government would continue building this project, which means that the BC government now has a much easier decision to make - especially given that Site C will also violate Indigenous rights, flood prime farmland, and have unprecedented environmental consequences.
This is your victory! The BCUC heard from hundreds of British Columbians at their public input sessions across the province, 80% of whom were opposed to the project, and we see the concerns that you raised reflected in this report. You gave the BCUC something to think about, and if you hadn’t taken the time to show up, we might be reading a very different report today, so thank you!
But the fight isn’t over yet. The final decision will be made by Cabinet, so now is the time to make sure your MLA is hearing from you! Can you set up a meeting with your MLA today? Force of Nature volunteers are ready to support you in preparing for this meeting, but we need YOU to make the call!
We’ll be meeting on Monday, November 6th, 6:30-9 pm at the Wilderness Committee office (46th E. 6th Ave) to talk about this report, practice what we’re saying to our MLAs, and figure out our next steps. We’d love to have you join us!
Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations responded to the BCUC report by saying, "If you're going to talk about reconciliation... Site C should be scrapped, pulled off the shelf, burnt so it can never come back again and we move forward on the alternatives package." We agree.
This is a watershed moment for reconciliation and Indigenous rights, and we need to make sure that our government is making the right decision.