B.C. vows to complete Site C Dam despite surging cost

27 Février, 2021, 14:03 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Site C to proceed despite hitting $16 billion price tag, one-year delay

Horgan and Ralston spoke at a news conference in Victoria about the findings of a status report into the hydroelectric dam project in northeastern B.C.

That wasn't the case a year ago, when Ralston asked for a review of the project after BC Hydro reported it had "serious concerns" about the project due to construction delays and geotechnical challenges. On Friday, a summary of that review, by former deputy minister Peter Milburn, was released. After the project is operational, the average ratepayer will face about a three per cent increase above previous forecasts based on the $10.7-billion price tag in 2018. They increased the budget to $10.7-billion and pledged to provide strict oversight.

Among the reasons for the revisions, according to the province, is the impact of COVID-19.

Horgan maintained, however, that Site C will be safe.

July 2015: Construction begins on Site C.

"Some of the geotechnical issues are concerning to me too".

Speaking to reporters Friday, the premier deflected blame.

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs released a statement condemning the decision that quoted Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, its president, saying "The Horgan government has made a monumental error in judgment by proceeding with this disgraceful blight of a project".

February 26, 2021: Horgan announces the project's cost has grown to $16 billion, and it won't be completed until 2025.

Today, Horgan again says the project will continue. "Today's report by Peter Milburn - finally released - shows how inept the NDP's handling of the project has been", Liberal energy critic Tom Shypitka said.

Since then, a series of challenges emerged, including delays owing to the pandemic.

September 28, 2020: A former president of BC Hydro is among 18 prominent Canadians who urge the province to stop work on the project while geotechnical problems are explored.

Cancelling the project would cost at least $10 billion, which doesn't include the costs of replacing the lost energy and capacity Site C would have provided.

A study conducted in 2019 suggested B.C. will need to double its electricity production by 2055.

Intelligence report on Jamal Khashoggi's murder released
Former president Donald Trump paid little attention to Riyadh's human-rights record, including its military intervention in Yemen. He also hopes to address other challenges, such as fighting Islamist extremism and advancing Arab-Israeli ties.

Gunmen kidnap over 300 students in Zamfara girls school
Bandits had also a year ago kidnapped over 300 schoolboys from Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State. Over 300 girls were said to have been abducted by the gunmen.

Second death in North Bay apartment COVID outbreak
Variant B.1.1.7 was originally reported in the United Kingdom , and has proven to be more infectious than the original strain. Officers say 27 tickets had been issued final week, a lot of them associated to gatherings in non-public houses or outdoor.

Premier John Horgan's announcement today that the government will continue with the Site C dam despite massive budget increases and delays brought criticism from opponents and supporters of the project. The average ratepayer would pay 26 per cent more, or about $216 a year, to cover the debt, he said.

"We will not put the jobs at risk".

"B.C. needs more renewable energy to electrify our economy, transition away from fossil fuels and meet our climate targets".

At the core of the case is the argument that construction of the multi-billion dollar dam will cause irreparable harm to West Moberly territory and the way of life for people who live there - rights protected under Treaty 8.

In a statement released following the announcement that the project would go ahead, the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs suggested the decision violated the premier's commitment to a United Nations declaration.

The province also released a dam safety report that concludes the project can be safely completed, with new measures to address the technical challenges that have been identified to date.

Kukpi7 Judy Wilson said the UN's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has called for a suspension of the project until it has the consent of Indigenous peoples.

BC Hydro moves two giant turbine parts for the Site C dam.

"It is unfathomable that such clear human rights violations are somehow OK by this government". "The premier's decision has grave consequences for West Moberly and other First Nations".

"We signed a treaty in 1814", he said. "They're violating treaty rights".

At the BC Legislature, Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau slammed the government's decision. She said the business case for the dam was "astonishingly bad". "That's on the NDP government".

1970s: Engineering work is done to determine the feasibility of a third dam.

They were among 18 Canadians who wrote an open letter to the province calling for an independent team of experts to explore geotechnical problems at the site. "The costs going forward are going to be less than the costs behind us". Mr. Milburn recommended 17 changes to improve the management of the project.

"Considering that we lose the agricultural land, the biodiversity, the traditional territory of the Treaty 8 First Nations, this is catastrophic", Furstenau added.



Vaccine Stocks Drop With J&J Set to Release Third U.S. Shot
AstraZeneca's vaccine was deemed to be about 70 per cent effective in testing. The best vaccine choice, they said, is the one you can get the soonest.

Germany confirms it will receive 16 million AZ doses in second quarter
The shortfall could hamper the EU's plans to meet its goal of vaccinating 70% of adults by late summer . The AstraZeneca vaccine has already been authorized in more than 50 countries.

37 new COVID-19 cases confirmed on Vancouver Island
County, the inflammatory syndrome has disproportionately affected Latino children , who account for 71% of the reported cases. The total case count rose to 28 409 036 infections , with 508 088 deaths as of Thursday, according to the CSSE tally.

Attorney: Equality Act Unfair for People of Faith
The bill is one of President Joe Biden's top legislative priorities that he wants passed in his first 100 days in office. On the surface, the goal of the Equality Act (House Resolution 5) supposedly is to protect people from discrimination.

Australia says Facebook will lift its Australian news ban
So what Microsoft is doing here is asking the European Union to adopt similar legislation throughout that jurisdiction. Australia and the tech giants have been in a stand-off over the legislation widely seen as setting a global precedent.

Les images effrayantes d'un réacteur qui prend feu en plein vol (vidéos)
Boeing est également, comme son rival Airbus, affecté par la pandémie de Covid-19 et ses conséquences sur le transport aérien international.

$15 Minimum Wage Won't Be in Final Stimulus Bill
Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) suggesting that a lower, $11 minimum wage would be more appropriate for West Virginia. Democrats are aiming to get the legislation to Biden's desk by mid-March.

In Scotland, COVID shots spark big drop in hospitalizations
For people over 80, one of the groups most at risk, the average risk reduction from the results of both vaccines was 81 percent. Following Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday, other political leaders received their vaccinations today in Canberra.

COVID-19 : 739 nouveaux cas et 13 décès au Québec | Coronavirus
Dans la Capitale-Nationale, la situation continue de s'améliorer avec un taux de 36,2 cas actifs pour 100 000 habitants. Les opérations de dépistage se poursuivent dans la province, où 17 970 tests ont été effectués le 21 février.

Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown in full
Ms Sturgeon said she hopes to be able to give more detail in mid-March on the easing of restrictions. It said the move aims to make worldwide travel easier.