The model they used allowed for earthquakes up to 7.6 magnitude which is 2,000 times more powerful than the largest earthquake ever recorded in the region of 5.4 magnitude near Dawson Creek. Little also said their review included low level earthquakes attributed to fracking in the area.
The public hearings into the project started back up again today in Fort St. John with a topic specific session on the aquatic environment.
Chief Project Engineer John Nunn started B.C. Hydro’s presentation by addressing some of the “misconceptions” about the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, maintaining it has not yet reached its half-life. He argues with good maintenance dams can have a much longer life than 100 years, pointing to a dam in Germany that was bought in 1715 and one in the U.S.
The hearings continue today with presentations from Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada and the Ministry of Forests, as well as Saulteau First Nations, West Moberly First Nations, Treaty 8 Tribal Association and the Peace River Environmental Society.