Before the project entered the environmental assessment stage back in March 2010, Pimm developed a 14 point position paper, responding to the Crown corporation’s question of what it would take for his communities to get on board with the project.
While he admits all of his concerns won’t be fully addressed, he argues that he would feel comfortable that he’d done his job in representing his riding if 75 per cent were met.
Pimm says he “believes firmly” that British Columbia will need this power with its population growth, but wants to make sure his constituents are looked after first.
That means his first two points, that landowners affected by the dam be fairly compensated and a trust be set up, similar to the Columbia Basin Trust, are deal breakers.
“If we’re going to have a Site C, we’re going to have benefits for Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope and Taylor,” he maintains.
Pimm has yet to take a stance on the dam that would be located only seven kilometres away from his hometown, but hopes his work will open doors to more detailed conversations with Hydro.
He hopes that communities like Fort St. John and the Peace River Regional District will be able to take the “so-so” answers he got, and “drill deeper” to work out the fine details.
“The more information we have, the more room there is for negotiation,” he argues.
Included in the report is B.C. Hydro’s response to each of his 14 position points, which Pimm says he is “semi-satisfied” with, counting up nine or 10 that he feels are “alright”.