“Then the BCUC would be allowed to take a look at how the cost of that project is recovered from ratepayers, so they would come into the picture if in fact the province decides to proceed with the project.”
Actually it is a joint federal/provincial review and according a lawyer for the union representing B.C. Hydro workers, the Commission may yet underscore the gap between reviews. The Globe and Mail has also quoted Jim Quail as saying, “What’s missing in the current joint review panel process is whether or not the development of the Site C dam actually makes economic and logistical sense for the B.C. Hydro energy grid.”
The panel hearings continue today in Dawson Creek with a Métis Community Session, before crossing the border to Peace River for Friday and Saturday hearings. Then it’s back to Fort St. John, next week, where the review will conclude on the 23rd.
The panel is expected to start writing its report by February 3, and if all goes as planned, it will be presented to the Federal Environment Minister late in April.