Friday round up: Site C, Old Fort Slide lawsuit & the BC Hydro job listing only a fool or very brave soul would apply for.
It is a cold, frosty morning in this part of north island today, and the entire yard is thick with frost that sparkles and glitters like diamonds in the morning sun. Luckily my winter crops of red spear winter broccoli and cabbage are hardy, and I covered the more tender winter greens of rainbow chard, mache and celery last night so all is well… provided the forecast snow doesn’t come too thick and fast tomorrow night! Our pandemic garden started last spring has proven to be a tremendous budget helper throughout this winter, providing kale, celery, radishes, snow peas and Jerusalem artichokes, in addition to the crops mentioned above. The cool evenings ahead will be spent sorting seeds and planning what needs to be started inside for early spring crops.This year will see an expansion of squash: butternut, acorn and delicata, which grow fast and require zero attention other than water in the heat of summer. Nutrient dense, this is a staple of our winter diet and can be used in so many ways. Do you garden, or did you plant one this year during spring lockdown? How we used personal gardens to create better food security for all in our community last year, is definitely material for a future post. And definitely something everyone should think of for the coming year which is still far from certain, given the mutations and variants popping up.
But, enough of my garden, its time to follow-up on some stories this week that need a permanent mention. First up is…
The lawsuit filed by Old Fort residents just downstream of Site C construction
The residents of Old Fort finally had enough of the runaround they’ve endured over the past 2 years since the initial slide and have filed a lawsuit:
You can read more, and see the litigation summary here: https://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/fort-st-john/old-fort-residents-file-landslide-lawsuit-1.24269457
This has been a long time coming and in my view, inevitable. Last August, I detailed how Old Fort residents were still being denied answers after 2 years of no resolution since the first initial slide, and posted a list of unanswered questions forwarded to me by a resident. Not one individual I emailed those too, bothered to even acknowledge them: https://lailayuile.com/2020/08/11/old-fort-residents-still-denied-answers-and-resolution-after-two-years-and-two-separate-slides/
The post above contains some critically important information both myself, Ben Parfitt and Sarah Cox have covered in the last few years, one of which is the conflict of interest residents allege the province was in for investigating, in part,its own potential liability as part of the potential causes. I was the first to cover this aspect in October of 2018, when I posted documents the Peace River Regional District had posted on its site for the address of the gravel pit located at the tops of the slopes. In 2017, a letter from the Inspector of Mines permitting office, sent a letter to the former owner that specifically states that because of the past geotechnical slope instability of both the site and surrounding area, any future owner would require a mine plan to be developed by a geotechnical and mining engineer. You can read that post, see those documents and additional pertinent information, here: https://lailayuile.com/2018/10/09/part-ii-if-the-land-falls-down-around-site-c-does-anyone-in-victoria-hear/
Ironically, the chief inspector of mines found no obvious cause to the initial slide and it may never be determined…..https://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/old-fort-landslide/report-finds-no-obvious-cause-of-old-fort-landslide-in-northeastern-b-c-1.24249892
“The first cracks in the earth were noticed in September 2018 at an active gravel pit at the top of the slope where work remains suspended after parts of it slipped 10 metres within hours.
The study says it’s not clear if a cause “will ever be determined with certainty,” but that the pit’s stockpile of gravel combined with natural slope instability and rain that was 44 per cent above average may all have been factors.The report makes four findings, including one calling on the Ministry of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources to issue an alert aimed at improving industry awareness of geohazard risks at other B.C. gravel pits, reminding them to consider and plan for those risks…”
Ok then….it seems there was an alert issued on this site in 2017, and whether a slope stability report was done, is unknown to me. I will keep you updated on this, but let’s also keep in mind this is all happening just downstream from site C construction, not far outside the outer edges of the fenced off area and on the same side as the notorious north bank I’ve provided photo documentation of for years. And even the Inspector of Mines has a warning in print about the geotechnical instability of the area in the letter in mentioned above? Maybe BC Hydro missed that part ( insert eyeroll)
You can read the entire series of Old Fort posts at the bottom of this page: https://lailayuile.com/the-case-to-stop-site-c-construction-links-news/
The Job posting from BC Hydro I can’t imagine anyone stupid enough to take.
Lindsay Brown posted this recently…. BC Hydro is looking for a new ‘Risk Specialist’ for Site C…
Hahahahahahaha…. oh wow. That’s actually funny. Here is the link if you want to check it out. https://www.employmentconnections.bc.ca/jobview/projects-risk-specialist-for-the-site-c-project/
Just a couple of things I noticed in this ad here, y’all…..
- This position is going to report to, in part, the project assurance board that by Horgans own admission failed,and is appointed with people with a history of being pro Site C . This board should be disbanded based on its ineffectiveness.
- The BCUC hasn’t received a project update report from BC Hydro since March of 2020. ( https://www.sitecproject.com/news-and-information/progress-reports-to-the-bcuc )
- The term of this position is until 2025, which tells me BC Hydro has no intention of stopping and…
- Where are these independent oversight bodies they speak of in this ad that this position will also report to? The Project Assurance Board was supposed to be independent and we know it was anything but.
I also call on Premier Horgan and Minister Ralston, to release the full, un-redacted report immediately, as Horgan promised it would be when complete. There is no valid reason to wait for the outside expert reports, as we already know Milburn didn’t have the expertise to assess that.
That’s it for now,get outside if you can for fresh air if you are in restrictions, and if you aren’t, be safe. We still have a long ways to go before normal.