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BCEN Calls for Stop to Site C PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 08 September 2020 21:23

 

BCEN
BC Environmental Network
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Sept 8, 2020

 by the BC Environmental Network
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Dam cost/benefit and foundation on shaky ground. BC Environmental Network calls for immediate stop work Peace River diversion plan.
 
For 45 years, the Site C Dam has been promoted by various BC Governments as being needed for a wide range of purposes. Not one of those predictions of necessity has come true. During that same time, the economics of building large hydro dams have literally tanked while the socio/environmental impacts have become increasingly unacceptable. This is true for all three large hydro dams currently under construction in Canada.
 
In the case of Site C, the 26,000 page 2014 Environmental Impact Statement clearly described the anticipated harmful impacts. However, even with a record setting number of “significant harms that cannot be mitigated” as identified by the Joint Review Panel, the Harper Conservatives and Christy Clark Liberals pushed this project through, with follow-up help from the Trudeau Liberals. It did not stop there. Despite the need for billions more dollars at the time and the findings of the 2017 BCUC Review saying that alternatives to Site C would be the same or lower cost, the new Horgan NDP Government made the fateful decision to proceed. As bad news continues to emerge from Site C, this cluster of past political decisions is coming home to roost.
Last Updated on Sunday, 13 September 2020 11:04
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Thousands of Quakes, Tied to Fracking, Keep Shaking the Site C Dam Region PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 14 August 2020 17:05

 

Andrew Nikiforuk  https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/08/13/Quakes-Fracking-Site-C-Dam-Region/

Several recent reports on the tremors add to concerns about the mega-project’s stability.

Building the Site C dam in northeastern British Columbia is proving more difficult than officials predicted due to unstable ground on the northern bank. Adding to concerns: myriad earthquakes.

For nearly a decade, The Tyee has reported on a rising number of earthquakes caused by the hydraulic fracturing of shale formations in the region. Now, new studies put the number of such tremors in recent years in the many thousands, raising more worries about the future of the mega-project.

Researchers warn the shaking could become strong enough to crumble critical infrastructure such as roads, high-rise buildings — and dams. 

B.C.’s regulatory practices try to limit fracking after small earthquakes have been triggered. But that’s “not sufficient to protect critical or vulnerable infrastructure that have unacceptable failure consequences,” noted seismic hazard expert Gail Atkinson in the May 7 issue of Nature Reviews. 

No one can yet predict frack-triggered quakes before they happen, and “hazard forecasting” remains a “critical area of research.”

Another study, released this week by researcher Ben Parfitt at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, took data from federal earthquake catalogues to show how many tremors the fracking industry is producing near the Site C dam.

The numbers are staggering. Between 2017 and 2018 alone, the industry triggered 6,551 earthquakes greater than 0.8 magnitude in the region near the troubled mega-project with a price estimate of $12 billion and rising.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2020 17:08
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COVID-19 BC UPDATE MAR 25, 2020 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 12:34

The cases span all B.C. health regions: Vancouver Coastal (330), Fraser Health (194), Island Health (44), Interior Health (41) and Northern Health (8).

• 13 people have died, 59 are in hospital (23 of which are in intensive care), and 173 have recovered.

• Of the 13 deaths, 10 have been linked to the outbreak at North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Care Centre, one to Vancouver’s Haro Park Centre and two are residents in the Fraser Health region.

 

Reported from Vanncouver Sun

 
Wet’suwet’en: Why Are Indigenous Rights Being Defined By An Energy Corporation? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 13 February 2020 10:08

Yellowhead Institute generates critical policy perspectives in support of First Nation jurisdiction.

Wet’suwet’e

post by Shiri Pasternak 2020-02-07

In Treaties, Rights and Title

AN UNSIGNED AGREEMENT

 

between a Wet’suwet’en First Nation and Coastal GasLink along with financial documents obtained by Yellowhead Institute provide reinforcement to Yellowhead’s assessment of the ways these private contracts can dramatically undermine First Nation rights and jurisdiction.

The Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA) and other documents were drafted in 2016, two years before the first payments were made to the First Nation. Because official agreements are not available to the public due to confidentiality clauses, these documents provide a valuable record of Coastal GasLink’s negotiating objectives.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2020 14:42
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They stole the Children from the Land Now They Steal the Land from the Children PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 10 February 2020 08:49

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The Court erred in granting an injunction 

1.    AN INJUNCTION IS AN EQUITABLE REMEDY

AN INJUNCTION IS AN EQUITABLE REMEDY. THE EXERCISE OF THE EQUITABLE JURISDICTION IS NOT TO BE RESTRICTED BY THE STRAITJACKET OF RIGID RULES BUT IS TO BE BASED ON BROAD PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE AND CONVENIENCE, EQUITY REGARDING THE SUBSTANCE AND NOT MERELY THE FACADE OR THE SHADOW. IT MOVES WITH TIME AND CIRCUMSTANCES. (1991 BC JUSTICE J.A. NORRIS)

A. TIME AND CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE CHANGED SINCE 1991 AFTER UN CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT AND THE DEVELOPMENT (UNCED)

(i) in 1992, Canada signed and in 1993, ratified  the legally binding UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 

whose objective is 

 

article 2, the ultimate objective the UNFCCC convention and any related legal instruments that the conference of the parties may adopt is to achieve stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system;

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2020 09:03
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