Open thread: British Columbia’s Site C Peace River dam

2021-02-27

in Canada, Economics, Politics, The environment

There’s already a thread on dams and climate change, but B.C.’s Site C project raises many different subjects of interest: how different climate-safe energy options compare, what purposes new generation will be serving, and who gets to make the decisions, with particular regard to Indigenous rights.

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. February 27, 2021 at 1:40 pm

Site C dam budget nearly doubles to $16B, but B.C. NDP forging on with megaproject | CBC News

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/site-c-announcement-friday-1.5928719

B.C. Utilities Commission says alternative energy projects could match Site C, but risks come either way | CBC News

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/site-c-bcuc-report-1.4382106

‘A Monstrous Monument to Greed and Stupidity’: Critics React to Site C Decision | The Tyee

https://thetyee.ca/News/2021/02/26/Critics-React-Site-C-Decision/

. February 27, 2021 at 1:45 pm

The most expensive dam in Canadian history: cost of B.C.’s Site C dam balloons to $16 billion

Premier John Horgan defends decision to push ahead with beleaguered BC Hydro project, which has nearly doubled in cost under NDP government as a result of escalating safety issues

. March 2, 2021 at 7:05 pm

Rendering Technical, Rendering Sacred: The Politics of Hydroelectric Development on British Columbia’s Saaghii Naachii/Peace River

Caleb Behn and Karen Bakker

This article analyzes debates over the Site C Dam on the Saaghii Naachii/Peace River in northeastern British Columbia (BC), Canada. After heated debate over the past several decades, construction on the CN$10 billion hydroelectric project—the largest in the province’s history—recently commenced. The article focuses on debates over the analysis and adjudication of cumulative effects, and concomitant treaty rights infringement, within the environmental review process. The shortcomings of the regulatory review process used to assess cumulative effects are analyzed in two ways: first, by a conventional academic assessment, and second, by a Dunne-Za teaching of the interrelationships between land, water, and animals in the dam-affected region. Through juxtaposing these two modes of analysis, the article engages with scholarship in political ecology and Indigenous political theory.

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