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BC Hydro facing federal order, heavy fines for Site C sediment and erosion problems

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Out of the fog, earth moving equipment keeps going at a steady pace on slope stabilization work in the site preparation for BC Hydro’s Site C dam construction project. Derrick Penner / PNG

by Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, January 5, 2017

BC Hydro is facing a federal order as early as Friday and potential fines of up to $400,000 due to erosion and sediment problems at the $9-billion Site C dam project in the province’s northeast.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has issued Hydro with a “notice of intent” to proceed with enforcement action unless the provincial Crown corporation provides assurances that problems are being addressed. Read the rest of this entry

Northwest B.C. Aboriginal Nations Decry “Deeply Flawed” LNG Assessment Process

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Indigenous leaders gather on Lelu island where the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation has set up camp to protest the construction of the Petronas LNG terminal. Photograph: SkeenaWatershed Coalition

“Our disappointment is profound”

Market Wired, September 1, 2016

TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – Sept. 1, 2016) – Northwest Aboriginal nations have emerged from two days of meetings with the federal government demanding that its “deeply flawed” environmental assessment of a massive LNG proposal be delayed, in light of unfair and incomplete consultation with affected First Nations.

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B.C.’s Pacific Northwest LNG project faces more delays

Native leaders fear B.C. environmental assessment process

SHAWN McCARTHY, Globe and Mail, Apr. 26, 2012

Marilyn Baptiste, chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, has seen up close the difference between federal and provincial environmental assessments.

In 2010, the province approved Taseko Corp.’s Prosperity mine, saying serious damage to nearby Fish Lake could be mitigated and that the social and economic benefits would outweigh the environmental impact.

But the federal government blocked the project after a review panel determined the mine would cause irreparable harm that could not be justified. Read the rest of this entry