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Province's Clean Energy Act limits B.C. Hydro power options, Site C dam critics told

Dene Moore, Canadian Press, Times Colonist, December 10, 2013

FORT ST. JOHN — British Columbia's groundbreaking Clean Energy Act has limited the options available to the province's Crown utility corporation for expanding the power grid, the chairman of an environmental review panel pointed out as critics demanded answers about the utility's plans to build a third hydroelectric dam on the Peace River.

Energy portfolio could blow up in Clark’s face

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Jun 02 2013

VICTORIA — Premier Christy Clark will announce her new cabinet on Friday: Pity the new energy minister who has to find a credible way to power all her liquefied natural gas ambitions, while managing a gaping financial hole in BC Hydro’s books.

Alberta aboriginals oppose B.C. Hydro's Site C dam project; say needs more study

Bob Weber, The Canadian Press, Edmonton Journal, March 3, 2013

EDMONTON - Alberta aboriginals are lining up against an energy project deemed crucial to the B.C. economy.

Natural gas a better choice than Site C dam

Rick Koechl & Mike Kroecher, Times Colonist, August 3, 2012

Hydro power will cost about six times as much as new gas-fired generator

Site C open house marked by protest

Sean Assor,, April 18 2012

Anti-Site C protesters once again made their voices heard, as they gathered outside a B.C. Hydro public meeting last night. At Tuesday evening’s Project Definition Consultation and information session at the Pomeroy Hotel, a group of over ten protesters clearly demonstrated their views on the project to organizers and those in attendance.

Price of progress

Katelin Dean, Alaska Highway News, April 10, 2012

If it moves forward, Site C's construction will have a big impact right inside Fort St. John.

Political showdown looms for Site C

Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, February 16, 2012

The proposal to build a hydroelectric dam at Site C on the Peace River is getting a big boost from Premier Christy Clark, who says power from the estimated $8-billion project will be critical to the long-term development of a liquefied natural gas industry.

Site C essential for LNG development: Clark

Erica Fisher,, Fort St. John, Feb 8, 2012

Site C and B.C.'s proposed LNG development go hand in hand, according to Premier Christy Clark. In an interview with Moose FM/, Clark explained that the newly approved licence for Shell to export liquefied natural gas out of Kitimat will use 100 per cent of the power Site C would create.

Site C begins environmental assessment process by panel review

News Release, CEAA, September 30, 2011

Site C Clean Energy Project Environmental Assessment Process and Draft Agreement Released for Public Comment

John Horgan, unplugged

Tom Fletcher, Victoria View, September 10, 2011

I had a lively discussion with NDP energy critic John Horgan this week, after a presentation by independent power producers about the benefits of expanding the province’s small hydro and wind power network to replace coal- and gas-fired electricity. Here’s an edited transcript:

The Last Great Water Fight

by Chris Wood, The Walrus, October 2010

The battle for the northern headwaters of the Mackenzie River

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NWT pushes for water agreement

Jack Danylchuk, August 13, 2010

Yellowknife - Public hearings into a $6.6 billion hydro-electric dam on the Peace River in British Columbia are still a year away, but the Northwest Territories and Alberta have given notice that they will take a hard line on the project and future use of Mackenzie River basin water.

Site C dam generates flood of friction

Steve Carey, Times Colonist, July 25, 2010

Flooding a valley of farmland for B.C. Hydro's Peace River Valley project is an environmental shame, critics say

BC Hydro faces severe drought on Peace River

Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, July 14, 2010

Dry June blamed for $220-million purchase of imported power

Severe drought conditions in northeast British Columbia have BC Hydro bracing for a $220-million increase in electricity imports this fiscal year.

Area C director irate with Site C report by BC Hydro

Jamie Woodford, Dawson Creek Daily News, May 29,2010

A seemingly ordinary Site C Dam update presented by BC Hydro turned into a heated debate Thursday.

At the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) meeting, Area C Director Arthur Hadland was troubled by many factors he said were missing from the Stage 2 report of BC Hydro’s method to get the Site C project underway.

Clean energy now a safer bet

Tom Fletcher, BC Local News, Victoria News, May 04, 2010

VICTORIA – As the B.C. government was unveiling its new Clean Energy Act last week, a brown stain bloomed in the Gulf of Mexico, visible from outer space.

When green isn’t green enough

Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Apr. 26, 2010

Gordon Campbell’s clean energy project has some detractors who say that the Site C dam may be a dirtier plan than people realize

Work on Site C begins in earnest

SCOTT SIMPSON, Vancouver Sun, April 23, 2010

Firm estimate of the hydroelectric megaproject's cost to be determined by

BC Hydro has amassed 35 key technical reports, and expects to produce lots more, for an unprecedented push to get the Site C hydroelectric megaproject built on the Peace River.

Alberta wants a say in Peace River hydro dam

By ARCHIE MCLEAN, Edmonton Journal, April 21, 2010

Alberta will seek intervener status in the approval process for a massive B.C. hydroelectric dam on the Peace River.

Environment Minister Rob Renner said the province isn't necessarily opposed to the $6.6-billion Site C dam, but needs assurance that it won't pose problems for Albertans downstream.

Site C dam laying groundwork for surge in energy exports

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Apr. 21, 2010

Despite insisting dam’s 900-megawatt capacity is needed for domestic used, government would allow B.C. to export more power

Northeast residents wary of a future with Site C dam

SCOTT SIMPSON, Vancouver Sun, April 21, 2010

Leaders weigh benefits and drawbacks of massive project on the Peace River

The provincial government and BC Hydro have a lot of deals to strike in northeast British Columbia if they want public support for the proposed $6.6-billion Site C dam project.

Pembina Reacts: Site C dam announcement irresponsible

News Release, Pembina Institute, April 19, 2010

Karen Campbell, Staff Counsel and Director of Strategy for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the B.C. government’s plan to move forward with the Site C dam project:

David Suzuki Foundation:

B.C.'s Site C project: Statement from the David Suzuki Foundation

April 19, 2010

For Immediate Release

The B.C. government has announced its plan to proceed with the proposed Site C hydroelectric project, suggesting it will be a clean and renewable source of energy with significant economic benefits. Site C is located in B.C.'s Peace River valley, a major habitat corridor that is critical in maintaining the biodiversity of the valley and its surrounding regions. The David Suzuki Foundation believes the B.C. government must develop a comprehensive plan that accounts for the full range of values in the Peace region — including the ecological services provided by forests, agricultural fields and other ecosystems that will be impacted by this hydro-electric development — before the project can proceed. 

Site C seems to spell 'legacy' for premier

Michael Smyth, The Province, April 20, 2010

And how green is it, any way, to hire five planes to fly a posse north?

Only in the topsy-turvy world of environmental politics would a government rent a squadron of airplanes to jet a bunch of backslappers and media types into the middle-of-nowhere to prove how "green" they are.

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