Site C contractor consents to receivership, raising more questions on project contract & bids

It was over a year ago that I first reported on the difficulties facing Site C contractor, Petrowest... and the oddity of the company being qualified to even be awarded a contractor. https://lailayuile.com/2016/03/02/site-c-consortium-member-petrowest-has-waiver-extended-by-lenders-until-march-31-2016/ In November 2015, the BC Government and BC Hydro awarded a $1.5 Billion contract to the Peace River Hydro Partners, of which Petrowest Corporation …

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BC Election 2017: “Site C dam project has become ‘uneconomic’ and should be suspended…”

"Analysis says project is no longer going to benefit the provincial economy as once expected"  That headline, from the CBC: A new report is calling for the suspension of B.C.'s Site C dam project, saying it's no longer going to benefit the provincial economy as once expected and that power from the hydroelectric station will likely be exported at losses …

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New photos show new cracks and landslide yet again on the North Slope of Site C. How much are they costing us and how long before someone gets hurt?

New photos in from Site C today following yet another large slide on the work site. The first is a full aerial view: In this second photo I have enhanced the contrast so you can more easily see where the slope has cracked and has come down. The line starts just below the road on …

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More glaring hypocrisy as BC Hydro critical upgrades must undergo BCUC review while province refuses to submit Site C

So there I am, content after a nice dinner of home-made sushi and just chilling and flipping  through my phone... when I saw something that snapped me right to attention: Dam failure a quake risk for Campbell River Residents urged to flee area around river if ground shakes strongly http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/campbell-river-earthquake-bc-hydro-dam-flooding-1.3814746?cmp=rss   Officials in Campbell River …

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Sometimes you just have to sit down and write.

It's a funny thing, writers block. It comes with no warning and disappears just as fast sometimes. Other times it lingers despite trying every single trick in the book to break through whatever mental impasse I've erected in my mind. The past couple of weeks have been frustrating as hell. I've all this material at …

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New Site C photos show continued mitigation efforts on slide prone north slope construction

Finally back to the blog and I apologize for the absence but there is only so much time before winter and I have so much work that must be done outside the new place before fall unleashes its first storms of the season, in addition to my regular work. Which makes me wonder if the …

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It’s hard being right, when the wrong has already been done.

It's rainy and cold in the mountains today and the clouds are so thick and low that it feels as though I'm floating in the sky.So,until this weather lifts I'm socked in and its the perfect time to tell you a story about one man who found out how hard it is to be right, …

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Site C aerial photos show mess of mud,water and slides.

With the flight restrictions that were placed on pilots that prevented them from flying over the construction zone ( shortly after I posted these aerial pics ) removed, new photos of some pretty interesting conditions on the north bank construction of Site C are again raising concerns. ( photo credit to Don Hoffman) Hmmm.. The …

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“Politicians are people who learn not to blink, when they lie.” ― Robert Black

I'm often asked why I continue to tweet, blog and write about Site C when preliminary works have started,contracts are being issued( some ridiculously early) and the current premier is clearly hell-bent on getting past the point of no return. I always reply: "Because this project is wrong. Because this project was exempted from review …

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Site C quarterly public update shows project costs to date already more than expected as Hydro pushes work ahead unchecked

The irony of BC Hydro providing updates on Site C to the BC Utilities Commission after a steadfast refusal by government to allow it to review the project, is clear to all who have followed here in recent months. A classic example of how the current government has effectively hog-tied the Hydro regulator,leaving Hydro ratepayers …

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