Treaty 8 laments demise of BCUC

By staff

Treaty 8 First Nations are livid with the Provincial Government, for its decision to go ahead with the Site ‘C’ Dam project without regulatory oversight.

On Monday, April 19th, Premier Gordon Campbell announced that the province was approving B.C. Hydro’s plan to move into ‘Phase 3’ of the site-C planning process.

This Wednesday (April 28th), the Province also introduced its new ‘Clean Energy Act’, which re-united BC hydro with the BC Transmission Corporation. While setting higher goals for energy conservation in BC, the act also effectively gutted the power of the BC Utilities Commission to review new power projects, leaving those decisions up to cabinet.

In a statement from the Council of British Columbia Treaty 8 Chiefs on Friday, Cheif Liz Logan argues the BCUC had been the one venue where First Nations had been involved in consultations before. With Site-C now exempt from BCUC oversight, Logan joins other Treaty 8 Chiefs in wondering if the government will allow for adequate consultation with First Nations partners.

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