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Y2Y Responds to Government Approval for the Site C Dam

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative is concerned about Site C dam's negative impacts on wildlife movement along with heavy industrial footprint in the region.

October 14, 2014

Chetwynd, B.C. - “Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is concerned about the cumulative impacts on wildlife movement of the Site C reservoir together with the heavy industrial footprint in the region,” says Karsten Heuer, Y2Y’s President.

“The Peace River Valley is located at the narrowest width of the Yellowstone to Yukon region and the existing Williston Reservoir already is a major blockage to wildlife movement.”

“The Joint Review Panel considering the dam’s impacts determined that they are so significant that only an “unambiguous need” for the power would justify them. And BC Hydro did not demonstrate such a need,” he adds. “We don’t understand the basis on which the B.C. and federal governments could issue their approvals.”

Y2Y commissioned a report by expert biologist Dr. Clayton Apps who presented to the Joint Review Panel his conclusion that the construction of Site C would threaten the future survival
of several wildlife populations in the region. His report is available here.

“The Joint Review Panel shared our opinion that a regional cumulative effects assessment is warranted for the Peace River Break,” notes Heuer. “This should occur before further impacts to the environment and cultural values are caused by Site C and other significant projects.”

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative is a bi-national non-government organization dedicated to connecting and protecting the Yellowstone to Yukon region so people and nature can thrive.

Y2Y recently opened an office in Chetwynd,
B.C., and is committed to advancing a positive vision for conservation of biological and cultural values in the region. More information is available on Y2Y’s website.