Permits Issued for Site C Construction
Prince George, B.C. – Construction of the Site C project on Crown lands can move forward.
Today the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, issued 24 permits for the project. The permits are made up of 7 under the Land Act, 5 under the Forest Act, 8 under the Water Act and four under the Wildlife Act.
BC Hydro has remained committed to starting construction this summer, and could have done some work on the land it owns, but needs the permits to do work on Crown lands .
The project is moving ahead, even though there continues to be opposition from the Peace Valley Landowners Association, the community of Hudson’s Hope and some First Nations. Meantime, a new survey was released today indicating awareness and support for the Site C project is growing. The survey, by Abacus Data, indicates that province wide, 59% support building the dam, and 22% could support the construction under certain circumstances, 17% are opposed. Interesting to note that support for the project has grown by 17% over the past two years, and opposition has increased by 4%
The survey also found 75% of British Columbians surveyed area aware of the project, that’s up significantly from the 41% recorded in 2013.
Regionally, the awareness percentages are highest in the north and northeast, where 90% say they are aware of the project, while 51% support it, while 22% could accept it under certain circumstances and 26% are opposed.
Public support for Site C is also strong in the north/northeast region of the province, where 73 per cent of those surveyed either support building Site C (51 per cent) or can accept it under certain circumstances (22 per cent), while 26 per cent are opposed.
The project is estimated to cost nearly $9 billion dollars, and when complete can provide enough energy for 450 thousand homes, boosting BC Hydro’s capacity by 8%.