Stop the Site C Dam

Nestled in the northeast corner of British Columbia, the Peace River Valley is home to Treaty 8 First Nations’ hunting, fishing, and trapping grounds, fertile agricultural lands and farms, old growth boreal forests, and is one of the most important wildlife corridors in the Yellowstone to Yukon migration corridor chain.
But the beautiful Peace River Valley is under threat. There are already two huge dams on the Peace and now BC Hydro wants to build a third dam, in the heart of this spectacular valley. The proposed 60 meter high Site C mega dam would flood over 100 km of river valley, drowning a land area equal to 14 Stanley Parks, and causing landslides as the banks of the reservoir erode over time.

The land in question happens to be some of the best agricultural land in northern BC, with the only class one soil north of Quesnel. As we have to adapt to climate change, agricultural land and food security is only going to become more important.

So why are we going ahead with this destructive project?

BC Hydro says it is because we need the energy, but we don’t: their own reports say we can meet current demands through energy conservation. Site C is not about meeting the electricity demands of British Columbians; it is about exporting electricity (for air conditioners in California) and expanding BC’s oil and gas and mining industries. It’s an $8 billion taxpayer subsidy to private power producers who threaten hundreds of BC rivers with destruction, and to a dirty fossil fuel industry that needs cheap energy to expand.

We can’t let this happen. The Site C Dam would destroy critical ungulate habitat that has sustained wildlife that has supplied generations of First Nations people with food and cultural sustenance for thousands of years. It will destroy one of the largest and most important wildlife corridors on the continent, and submerge valuable carbon sinks instead of promoting food security and the need to adapt to climate change.

We already have enough electricity. We already have enough rivers in pipes and behind dams. Let’s look at alternatives that make sense. Let’s keep the Peace flowing and free.

Google Map of Proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River
Proposed reservoir is shown in orange, while the proposed powerline is a thin, dark red line, and the proposed dam site is a thicker, medium red colour just southwest of Fort St. John.
 
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Recent Developments

3 weeks 4 days ago

Please take action NOW to stop the dam and protect the Peace River by nominating it as the most endangered river in the province. Thanks to the Peace Valley Environment Association, we have some information that will be helpful to you when you fill out the nomination form (scroll down for details).

10 weeks 4 days ago

In January 2014, public hearings wrapped up for a controversial dam project in BC’s beautiful Peace River Valley. The proposed $8 billion Site C dam has faced mounting opposition from local residents, First Nations and British Columbians from far and wide who don’t want to see this amazing region flooded under a reservoir.

41 weeks 2 days ago

The Wilderness Committee's National Campaign Director Joe Foy and Climate Campaigner Eoin Madden are setting off on a journey to northern BC, to take part in the 8th Annual Paddle for the Peace and to document the effect that fracking is having on the northeastern region of the province.

During the month of July, we'll be documenting the adventure and posting updates, photos and video footage on this blog.

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Keep the Peace - Stop the Site C Dam

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BC Hydro’s proposal to build a dam in the heart of BC’s Peace River Valley threatens to flood over 100 kilometres of rich valley-bottom lands, including farmland, wildlife habitat, First Nations cultural sites and heritage sites.

The people of the region have spoken up time and time again, urging elected leaders to protect the Peace River Valley from the impacts of the Site C Dam. The project is in the midst of a joint federal-provincial review, and public hearings wrapped up in January 2014.

To help illustrate what’s at stake and why the Peace River Valley is so worth protecting, we’ve produced a short video featuring First Nations leaders, local farmers, politicians and citizens who say “No Dam Way!” to Site C.

Click here to watch the video

Take action today by writing to the federal Environment Minister and the Environment Minister for BC, and demand an end to Site C plans, once and for all.

Click here to take action now.

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