Stop the Site C Dam

Nestled in the northeast corner of British Columbia, the Peace River Valley is home to Treaty 8 First Nations’ hunting, fishing, and trapping grounds, fertile agricultural lands and farms, old growth boreal forests, and is one of the most important wildlife corridors in the Yellowstone to Yukon migration corridor chain.
But the beautiful Peace River Valley is under threat. There are already two huge dams on the Peace and now BC Hydro wants to build a third dam, in the heart of this spectacular valley. The proposed 60 meter high Site C mega dam would flood over 100 km of river valley, drowning a land area equal to 14 Stanley Parks, and risking landslides as the banks of the reservoir erode over time.  

The land in question happens to be some of the best agricultural land in northern BC, with the only class one soil north of Quesnel. As the people of the planet try to adapt to climate change, agricultural land and food security is only going to become more important.

So why does the BC government favour this destructive project?

BC Hydro says it is because BC needs the energy, but we don’t: Hydro's own reports say BC can meet current demands through energy conservation. Site C is not about meeting the electricity demands of British Columbians; it is about subsidizing BC’s oil and gas and mining industries. It’s an $8 billion taxpayer subsidy to a dirty fossil fuel industry that needs cheap energy to expand.

On October 14, 2014 the governments of both BC and Canada announced that the Site C dam had been granted environmental assessment approval – despite the Joint Review Panel's acknowledgement that the project would cause irreparable harm to local First Nations, fish and wildlife populations.

Then, on December 16, 2014 the BC provincial government gave the go-ahead for construction of the dam.

We can’t let this happen. The Site C Dam would destroy critical ungulate habitat that has sustained wildlife that has supplied generations of First Nations people with food and cultural sustenance for thousands of years. It will destroy one of the largest and most important wildlife corridors on the continent, and submerge valuable carbon sinks instead of promoting food security and the need to adapt to climate change.

BC already has enough electricity. BC already has enough rivers in pipes and behind dams. Let’s look at alternatives that make sense. Let’s keep the Peace flowing and free.


Google Map of Proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River
Proposed reservoir is shown in orange, while the proposed powerline is a thin, dark red line, and the proposed dam site is a thicker, medium red colour just southwest of Fort St. John.
 
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Recent Developments

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Take Action

Site C Dam construction must stop now!

Write now!

We have to stop the Site C Dam.

The federal government of Canada has issued permits to the government of BC on July 27 2016, allowing construction of the Site C dam to continue –  permits to destroy fish and wildlife habitat and permits to impede transportation on the Peace River.

We are demanding that the federal government stop issuing these permits – so that construction activities including clearing of forest and excavating the river channel will stop, allowing for important legal challenges by First Nations in BC’s Peace River Valley to be addressed.

Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has made public commitments to respect the rights of Indigenous peoples. 

Prime Minister Trudeau, his cabinet members, and your own Member of Parliament  need to hear that you want the federal government to take action to stop the Site C Dam.

Have your say today!


Photo: Site C dam construction on the Peace River (Joe Foy)