The fertile and ecologically important Peace River Valley shown above will be destroyed by flooding from the Site C Dam. All video footage provided by Eoghan Moriarty.
THE SITE C STORY
Site C is an earth-fill mega-dam proposed for the Peace River Valley in northeast B.C. It will cost nearly $9 billion dollars to build, and there is no demand for the electricity it will produce. There are cheaper, cleaner, more modern alternatives that would have a much lower environmental impact. Site C spends money we don't have, on an outdated infrastructure.
It's not too late to avoid the costs and problems of the Site C Dam. Scroll down to read more about what Site C will cost you, or click here to get involved.
What will Site C cost my family?
Site C is projected to cost $8.8 billion, a massive public debt that will take taxpayers and ratepayers 70 years to pay off. BC Hydro is already raising rates 28% over the five-year period 2014-2018, with more anticipated; Site C costs will be added to that once the dam is operational. Can our families afford it?
As a growing province, don't we need the energy?
There is no current demand for the electricity that would be generated by the Site C mega-dam. BC Hydro’s own data doesn’t project any demand for at least ten years into the dam’s operating life —and BC Hydro has a long history of over-estimating future demand. Additionally, by ‘eating up’ any possible future demand, Site C has driven away investment and jobs in the solar, wind, and geothermal sectors.
AREN'T DAMS CONSIDERED "CLEAN" Energy?
The Site C dam was first proposed in the 1950s — projects like it are based on outdated ideas about energy development. Newer technologies, like wind and solar, are becoming cheaper and more effective every year. These alternatives also create jobs, can be built as they are needed, and have a lower overall environmental impact .
What will be lost if Site C is built?
If completed, Site C would destroy critical farmland, displace families, remove irreplaceable wildlife habitat, and erase thousands of First Nations cultural sites. Wouldn’t our tax dollars would be better spent on healthcare, education, and creating real green energy solutions?