Save the Peace River Valley – Stop the Site C Dam!
The Peace River Valley has long been known as one of British Columbia's most beautiful regions. Its temperate climate and unique blend of farmland and wildlife habitat has made the valley renowned for its natural abundance.
For those who live there, it's a slice of heaven. But a proposal to build an $8 billion hydroelectric project – known as the the Site C dam – on the Peace River near the town of Fort St. John has residents calling for help.
BC Hydro, the province's publicly owned Crown Corporation, is seeking to build a 1,100-megawatt dam that would flood 83 kilometres of the Peace River from near Fort St. John upstream to Hudson's Hope.
The Site C dam would be 1,050 metres long and 60 metres high, and would also flood 14 kilometres of the Halfway River and 10 kilometres of the Moberly River, which are tributaries of the Peace River. Many people agree that the electricity produced by Site C would be expensive and unneeded, and that the damage caused by the project would be too great for a region already straining to heal from earlier industrial projects.
This report will introduce you to the amazing Peace River Valley and the people (and wildlife) who live there. Find out more about this beautiful place, and learn what you can do to help save it from being drowned out by Site C.
Site C No Dam Way! What you need to know about the proposed Site C dam in northeastern BC before it’s too late!
Stop the Site C Dam
Like many people who have travelled to the Peace River Valley, my life has been forever touched by its incredible beauty, and the strength and determination of the people who have been fighting to protect it for over thirty years.
The Peace River Valley, located outside of Fort St. John in northeast BC, is at the heart of a growing storm of controversy. The BC government is attempting to move forward with the $8 billion Site C Dam, a megaproject that would flood 80 kilometres of forests, farms and homes – and all of this destruction is simply to generate electricity that the province doesn't even need.
When it brought in its Clean Energy Act in 2010, the Government of British Columbia (BC) included as a provincial energy policy objective the promotion of electricity exports from clean or renewable sources.
The government sees electricity exports as being both a significant means of economic development for BC and an opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in importing jurisdictions. Critics of the revised policy, however, are concerned about the environmental and social impacts of developing new a energy supply for export, and question the economic rationale for a net export policy.
The majestic Peace River is one of BC’s richest natural wonders. The Upper Peace River no longer flows freely, and its remaining channel is controlled by the operation of BC Hydro’s WAC Bennett and Peace Canyon dams. In 1968, productive land was flooded to create the Williston Reservoir, which is now the largest body of fresh water in BC. Some species of fish in the reservoir have become so contaminated with mercury which has leached from the drowned lands that the BC government says high consumption may be hazardous to human health. The two existing dams have had far reaching impacts within the Athabasca and Mackenzie Deltas; low water levels have resulted in negative impacts on sensitive wetlands downstream which has significantly altered the livelihoods of First Nation communities in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
This report commissioned by BC Hydro shows British Columbia need not be using any more electrical power in 2027 than we did in 2007. The solution to our power needs is... conservation.