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Blueberry River First Nations lawsuit threatens Site C, fracking in B.C.

Protest by some Treaty 8 First Nations against Site c dam, 2013.

Protest by some Treaty 8 First Nations against Site c dam, 2013.

Suit alleges government violated Treaty 8 rights with cumulative impacts of oil and gas development

CBC News, Mar 04, 2015

The Blueberry River First Nations have launched a legal battle that could affect B.C.’s planned Site C hydroelectric dam, as well as oil and gas development both inside and outside the band’s territory.

The B.C. First Nation has filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court that alleges years of development, including mining, forestry and oil and gas projects, have violated its treaty rights under Treaty 8. Read the rest of this entry

Site C dam approved by B.C. government

Protest sign along Peace River in north eastern BC. Photo: The Tyee

Protest sign along Peace River in north eastern BC. Photo: The Tyee

Massive hydro project would flood a large area of the Peace River Valley in northern B.C.

CBC News, Dec 16, 2014

B.C. has approved the $9 billion Site C dam — a massive hydroelectric project that would flood a large area of the Peace River Valley in northeastern B.C.

In making the announcement, Premier Christy Clark said the Site C Clean Energy Project will provide B.C. residents with a reliable source of power for the next 100 years for the least cost to the taxpayer.

“Affordable, reliable, clean electricity is the backbone of British Columbia’s economy,” said Clark. “Site C will support our quality of life for decades to come and will enable continued investment and a growing economy.” Read the rest of this entry

Treaty 8 First Nations split over BC Hydro’s Site C dam

 Some want to fight it; others want to negotiate for compensation worth millions
Protest by some Treaty 8 First Nations against Site c dam.

Protest by some Treaty 8 First Nations against Site c dam.

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, December 8, 2013

THE PEACE RIVER — BC Hydro’s planned $7.9-billion Site C dam has caused a split among Treaty 8 First Nations over whether to fight the mega-project tooth and nail or participate in negotiations leading to compensation settlements. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. Hydro faces widespread community opposition over Site C dam

Protest sign along Peace River in north eastern BC. Photo: The Tyee

Protest sign along Peace River in north eastern BC. Photo: The Tyee

by Justine Hunter, The Globe and Mail, Saturday, Dec 7 2013

On a warm, cloudless September afternoon in 1967, premier W.A.C. Bennett clambered into the cab of a 90-ton belly dump truck to spread the last load of fill on what was, at the time, one of the most ambitious and controversial projects undertaken in Canada. Read the rest of this entry