And so the games begin… ” Site C Clean Energy Project – Joint Agreement for environmental assessment issued “

Site C Clean Energy Project – Joint Agreement Issued

 OTTAWA – The Honourable Peter Kent, federal Minister of the Environment and the Honourable Terry Lake, British Columbia Minister of the Environment, announced today that a Joint Agreement has been signed for the co-operative environmental assessment, including a review by a joint panel, of the Site C Clean Energy Project in British Columbia.

 The final agreement specifies the process for conducting the review, outlines the joint review panel terms of reference and identifies the timelines associated with key steps of the co-operative process.

 Following a 30-day public consultation period held in October 2011, comments received by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office were considered, and the agreement was finalized.

 To view the final agreement or to obtain more information on this project, consult the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at , reference number 11-05-63919 or the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office web site at:

 Next Steps:

The next steps in the review process include public consultation on the draft guidelines for the environmental impact statement (EIS) to be held in the spring of 2012. The guidelines provide direction to the proponent and identify the information that will be required in the EIS.


BC Hydro and Power Authority proposes to construct and operate a dam and 1,100-megawatt hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River in northeastern B.C.  The proposed project would be the third in a series of dams on the B.C. portion of the Peace River. The project components are an earthfill dam 1,050 metres long and 60 metres high, an 1,100-megawatt generating station and associated structures, an 83-km long reservoir, realignment of four sections of Highway 29 and two 77-km transmission lines along an existing transmission line right-of-way connecting Site C to the existing provincial power grid.

 The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects in support of sustainable development.

 The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office manages the provincial environmental assessment process, which examines major projects for potential environmental, economic, social, heritage and health effects that may occur during the lifecycle of a project and identifies strategies to prevent or reduce potential adverse effects.

( And of course… this background that they left out:

Working on the Port Mann post, which is taking longer because of the sheer volume of material to cover- hope to have it up tonight or tomorrow. – LY.

4 thoughts on “And so the games begin… ” Site C Clean Energy Project – Joint Agreement for environmental assessment issued “

  1. all of which proves the folly of continuing to approve alpine lake draining IPP power projects….they can’t do the job of providing reliable power without huge impacts on our watersheds and huge impacts on taxpayer pocketbooks to pay for it…..though they can do the job of providing profits to out of province and out of country private corporations or investment funds…..relinquishing Crown control of our resources in the process


  2. Couldn’t have said it better myself. I don’t believe Christy’s energy announcement one bit after reading that interview I posted recently. She has both feet in her mouth right now, but wait until she works one shoe out and lets see what happens then,


  3. The stupidity of the site C dam, blows me away. They are flooding the most valuable farmland in Canada for fracking. BC doesn’t have a lot of farmland because of, the Campbell/Clark BC Liberals, destroying the land for urban sprawl, out of pure greed.

    Fracking poisons the underground clean water for miles around. When people can light the water from their faucets on fire, that means the water is contaminated with gas. One lady has to wear a respirator, she can’t breathe because of the stink of gas.

    No government projects are done for the people. They are done to fill the politicians own coffers. Campbell thieved and sold the BCR…It sure in the hell didn’t put money in the peoples pockets. Campbell shipped our mill industry to China…Again the people lost out. BC mill workers lost 141,000 jobs. He also thieved and sold our BC rivers, causing tragic eco damage.

    Christy can flap her jaw all she wants. We don’t own the natural gas, and we will not see a penny, from our BC natural resources. All she will do is, contaminate our clean drinking water. The amount of clean water wasted on fracking, is absolutely obscene.


  4. Hopefully all British Columbians will become aware of the lack of validity of the business case for Site C. First the govt wanted to sell the power to the US – who won’t buy it because they know it’s not ‘green’ or ‘clean’. Then they said that we needed it to power 450,000 homes. Followed by a declaration that it’s needed strictly for industry! Funny, incidentally there is enough surplus energy in the province right now to power 2 LNG plants and Site C is needed for the 3rd. Makes you wonder why we needed Site C for all those homes in the first place since we already have so much surplus.
    BC Hydro has $2.2 billion in deferral accounts, is approximately $17 billion in debt and has over $50 billion tied up in IPP contracts – the power from which govt can only sell for about $35 per megawatt and govt is paying IPP producers $130 per megawatt.
    So, BC Hydro ratepayers are already subsidizing IPP producers and BC Hydro, why do we want to add $8 billion to the problem by building Site C for a market as volatile as the gas market? Apparently the gas is bound for Asia – well, China has recently discovered its own shale gas reserves and is preparing to develop them. Not only that, China already has confirmed multi-billion contracts with numerous other countries, including Australia, Russia, Qatar and Iran for LNG and conventional gas. By the time Site C is built and the LNG plants are distributing, China will have its own shale gas production up and running.
    Additionally, China has about 70,000 MW of new hydro coming onstream within a decade. In more or less that same time frame they have 27 new nuclear reactors scheduled ( in addition to their existing 14). These recators will likely each be in the 1000MW range. So, they have about 100,000 MW coming on line within a few years of Canada becoming an Ngas supplier to them.
    Enough said. Follow me on facebook at Pvea Coordinator or check out our website at – I am with the Peace Valley Environment Association.


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