Will the B.C. government stand up for Climate Justice and cancel Site C?
In the midst of a climate emergency, Site C is not the clean energy future we need. This destructive, risky and unnecessary project is facing massive cost over-runs to the tune of billions of dollars. The Site C dam is designed to give rich fracking corporations a massive public subsidy in the form of low-cost power.
The price tag of this doomed project is much more than financial. It includes devastating social and environmental impacts on the people and wildlife of the Peace River region. It is slated to flood hunting areas, gravesites, farmland, and critical wildlife habitat, release mercury into the river which will poison fish, and violate the rights of Indigenous peoples under Treaty 8.
Recent reports by geotechnical experts reveal that the dam structure, powerhouse and spillways are potentially unstable and unsafe because the project is being built on a weak geological foundation. This threatens the lives of Site C workers and local residents if construction continues. Big dams like Site C have collapsed before, with disastrous consequences for both human beings and wildlife. It is reckless for the B.C. government to endanger human life by proceeding with construction.
The United Nations’ top anti-racism body has already called on Canada to stop the dam due to its egregious violation of constitutionally-protected Indigenous treaty rights. As Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations states, “This dam is unnecessary, unsafe and unlawful.”
We urgently need the B.C. government to adopt a Site C exit strategy that will uphold Treaty 8, take care of workers, protect wildlife and farmland, and prevent the Peace River from becoming a sacrifice zone for the benefit of fracking corporations.
Please join us and call on your MLA and B.C. cabinet ministers to cancel Site C now and to redirect the billions of dollars slated for this bloated, risky dam into cheaper, safer, more responsible energy options. Specifically, into projects that will protect the land and people, and lay the foundation for an ecologically sustainable energy future for residents of B.C.
Your letter will be sent to your B.C. MLA and cc’d to B.C.’s Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Murray Rankin; Minister of Environment and Climate Change, George Heyman; Minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham; Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, Bruce Ralston and Premier John Horgan.
Ask the B.C. Government to cancel Site C now!
Featured photos by Garth Lenz. Lower photo by Don Hoffman.