Site C Dam Puts Communities, Wildlife, World Heritage Site at Risk

  • Published on Dec 17 2014 |
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For Immediate Release

December 17, 2014

Site C dam will put communities, wildlife, and world heritage site at risk

CPAWS-BC deeply concerned about decision to proceed with hydro project

Vancouver, (BC) - The BC government announced yesterday that it would proceed with the Site C dam in northeastern BC, despite widespread opposition to the project.

CPAWS-BC is deeply concerned about the further flooding of the Peace River Valley that Site C will require, and the resulting loss of high-value ecosystems and fertile farmland. This will jeopardize a core part of the Yellowstone to Yukon conservation corridor, critical for wildlife movement.

“The economic, social and environmental costs of this project are too high,” says Peter Wood, CPAWS-BC’s Director of Terrestrial Campaigns. “CPAWS-BC stands in solidarity with local First Nations, Peace River residents and ranchers, and other conservation organizations opposing this project.”

CPAWS-BC is also concerned that the approval of the Site C dam will impact the Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects the largest freshwater boreal delta in the world and many migratory birds. In a petition filed last week with UNESCO, the Mikisew Cree First Nation of northern Alberta said that Site C could lead to a drying of the delta and a corresponding loss of habitat for birds, fish, and wood bison. The Mikisew Cree have requested that this park be placed on the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger due to this and other industrial impacts.

“The push for more energy does not appear to be for BC public use,” says Wood, “It’s more likely directed at BC’s insatiable drive to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. So, yet again, the BC public is being asked to carry all the social, environmental and economic costs in support of private interests.”

CPAWS-BC recently released a report, Gas Gone Wild, exposing the ecological impact of BC’s proposed gas pipelines. Visit www.cpawsbc.org/news/lng-report to read the report.

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Contact:

Peter Wood, Director of Terrestrial Campaigns, CPAWS-BC

(c) 604-761-3075 (o) 604-685-7445 x22 (e) peter@cpawsbc.org