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Y2Y Speaks out on Site C report

Conservation groups are cautiously optimistic after the release of the Joint Panel Review report on the proposed Site C dam on B.C.’s Peace River.

May 8, 2014

Fort St. John, B.C. - Local and international conservation groups are cautiously optimistic today following the release of the Joint Panel Review report on the proposed Site C dam on B.C.’s Peace River.

“We’re pleased to see that the Joint Review Panel has acknowledged that B.C. Hydro has not demonstrated the need for this project right now and that we don’t even know with certainty how much it will cost British Columbians,” said Andrea Morison of the Peace Valley Environment Association (PVEA).

“But we know that our work isn’t over yet. The federal and provincial governments will now determine whether or not to issue the environmental assessment certificate. We’re hopeful that they’ll heed the Panel’s conclusion that Site C would cause significant a diverse effects on the environment.”

“The review panel report supports what Peace Valley residents have been telling us for many years--Site C would have profound environmental consequences,” said Sarah Cox of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.” The panel disagreed with BC Hydro and concluded that Site C would have a significant adverse effect on wetlands and on species such as the short-eared owl and western toad. It’s time for the B.C. and federal governments to say no to this destructive and costly project.”

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve one of the world’s largest remaining 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.

The Peace Valley Environment Association was formed in 1975 to counter B.C. Hydro’s original proposal to build a Site C dam and power station on the Peace River. Two previous Site C proposals were rejected as too costly and too risky.