Protesters block roads into Site C construction sites

Protester Mark Meiers talks to police officers on scene. Credit: Montana Cumming

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Protesters block traffic at, not one, but two entrances into Site C construction operations this morning, to express their opposition to the $8.8 billion hydroelectric dam project.

“We’re totally disgusted with what the B.C. Liberal government is still doing here at Site C, and we have full intentions on shutting this job down for good,” said protester Mark Meiers, adding that he hopes to see more people aware of the project and it’s details.

Both the 269 road and Old Fort road site entrances saw those active protests today — and even the arrest of former PRRD director Arthur Hadland for mischief and blocking traffic.

Hadland has been vocal about his opposition to Site C often in the past — even speaking of the debate in a focused podcast interview with The Province. He also confirmed to the Globe and Mail that his cousin, Terry Hadland, caused a disturbance at a Site C open house that ended in a man being fatally shot by police last summer.

Meiers himself was arrested during a protest last month, for blocking traffic into the construction site. That protest coincided with the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended.

He told Energetic City during that protest they wanted to draw the attention of leaders to Site C and the environmental risks they claim it directly poses.

“We need oxygen to breathe, we need the bush to take CO2 out of the atmosphere and create oxygen for us to breathe — and they’re destroying that.”

RCMP has not confirmed if any more arrests were made.

David Conway with BC Hydro says the Crown Corporation respects the right of all individuals to peacefully protest and express their opinions about Site C in a safe and lawful manner.