Site C decision disappointing result of mess handed down from Clark and Trudeau
December 11th, 2017 - 5:32pm
OTTAWA – The B.C. government’s decision to go ahead with the Site C hydroelectric dam project is a disappointing result of the bad legacy left behind by former Premier Christy Clark and current Prime Minister Trudeau, said Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena—Bulkley Valley.
“The Liberals chose to begin construction two years ago which led to this outcome,” said Cullen. “The NDP has always opposed Justin Trudeau’s decision to approve the construction of Site C due to lack of social license and lack of a proper environmental assessment.”
After countless promises to develop resources in a more scientific, sustainable and socially-responsible way, the federal Liberals approved the construction of Site C without taking into consideration the concerns of experts, local communities and Indigenous communities.
In a permitting document issued without fanfare late on a Friday of the August long weekend in 2016, Transport Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans authorized B.C. Hydro to move ahead with Site C.
“We will continue to work with all those affected to ensure that federal fisheries, environment and First Nations obligations are met,” said Cullen.
He added that he recognizes the very difficult position faced by the new B.C. government and that the federal NDP respects a province’s right to make decisions in their own jurisdictions.
Expected to open in 2024, the Site C dam project is located on the Peace River near Fort St. John in northeastern British Columbia.
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