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Y2Y Reacts to B.C. Government’s Announcement on Site C Dam

Although there is still time to stop Site C from being built, the B.C. Government’s decision to approve the project flies in the face of opposition throughout the province.

December 16, 2014

Chetwynd, B.C. – Wendy Francis, Acting President of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), made the following statement in response to the B.C. government’s announcement that it will proceed with the $8.75-billion Site C dam on the Peace River.

“This is a foolish decision that will have financial repercussions for British Columbians for many decades to come. Dams elsewhere are being dismantled because of their devastating environmental and social impacts. The B.C. government has chosen to proceed full-steam ahead with a project that will have serious and irreversible environmental impacts.”

“The B.C. government has unwisely decided to proceed with Site C, forcing B.C. families from their homes along the Peace River and farmers from their fields.”

“Industrial development has already severely constrained the ability of grizzly bear, caribou and other sensitive large mammals to live in the Peace region. Site C will make the problem worse, and some sensitive species like wolverine could disappear entirely from the region.”

“The pace of industrial development in B.C.’s Peace region exceeds the pace of development in Alberta’s oil sands. We urge the B.C. government to conduct an immediate cumulative impacts assessment for the Peace region, as recommended by the Joint Review Panel.”

Key Facts

  • Y2Y is a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve one of the world’s largest intact mountain ecosystems. More than one-third of the Yellowstone to Yukon region is in B.C., and it includes the headwaters of major B.C. rivers such as the Fraser and Columbia, in addition to the Peace. 
  • Y2Y commissioned a report by biologist Dr. Clayton Apps who found that the cumulative impacts of development in the Peace region, including Site C, are so significant that some wildlife populations like wolverine may not be viable or recoverable in the future. Dr. Apps presented his report to the Joint Review Panel examining Site C. 
  • The Joint Review Panel concluded that Site C’s impacts are so significant that only an "unambiguous need” for power would justify them. The panel also said BC Hydro had not fully demonstrated the need for Site C. 
  • The Peace region is located at the narrowest point of the Yellowstone to Yukon wildlife corridor.
  • Y2Y has opposed the $8.75-billion Site C dam since it was announced in 2010 and has participated in all stages of the environmental assessment process.

Visit the Y2Y website for more information about B.C.’s Peace River region and the Site C Dam.