BURNABY, BC, July 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The B.C. Government and Service
Employees' Union is joining First Nations and environmental advocates
in opposing the B.C. government's approval of the Site C dam project,
the union announced today.
"Site C is the wrong choice for British Columbia. The project is not
needed: there are better alternatives," says BCGEU president Stephanie
Smith. "Site C will cause massive habitat loss. It violates First
Nations' indigenous rights. It removes high-value agricultural lands
"The BCGEU supports the Treaty 8 First Nations, who are challenging the
project in federal court. Site C would have a negative impact on their
traditional use of the land, and would destroy traditional First
Nations burial sites."
Site C fails the economic test of providing a lasting net benefit to
British Columbians. A recent report by energy analyst Robert McCullough
notes that the dam would cost twice as much as alternative energy
options like renewables and natural gas generation. The Joint Review
Panel also concluded that the government "has not fully demonstrated
the need for the project on the timetable set forth."
"There's been a shocking lack of public consultation on the Site C dam,"
says Smith. "The B.C. government has refused to allow the B.C. Utility
Commission to review the project, and no effort has been made by this
government to consider other sustainable energy sources.
"When a government refuses to consider alternative energy sources,
sidelines its own utilities commission, ignores environmental concerns
and aboriginal people's constitutional rights, citizens have a
responsibility to speak out. The BCGEU is proud to lend our voice to
the growing chorus of British Columbians who say no to this
The BCGEU announcement on Site C follows a recent call by UNESCO World
Heritage Committee for the Canadian government to delay development of
dam sites until an environmental assessment of its impact on Wood
Buffalo National Park can be done. The park was declared a UNESCO World
Heritage Site in 1983.
SOURCE B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
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